Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

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      621 - ‘Council’ or ‘Counsel’? Direct and Indirect Quotations. Oxymorons.


      People have been confusing "council" and "counsel" since the 16th century. Sometimes you put single words such as "yes" and "no" in quotation marks, and sometimes you don't. We investigate three weird oxymorons: "bridegroom," "spendthrift," and "fail-safe."

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      'Council' or 'Counsel'? http://bit.ly/council-counsel
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      620 - When to Capitalize 'Mom.' In the Doldrums.


      Whether you capitalize "mom" depends on how you are using the word, and did you know that "the doldrums" are an actual location? 

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      In the Doldrums: http://bit.ly/in-the-doldrums

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      619 - Co-worker. Barefaced and Baldfaced Lies. Mixed Metaphors.


      Co-worker. Barefaced and Baldfaced Lies. Mixed Metaphors.

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      Does Co-Worker Always Take a Hyphen? http://bit.ly/co-worker-hyphen

      Barefaced or Baldfaced Lie? http://bit.ly/barefaced-baldfaced

      Mixed Metaphors: http://bit.ly/mixed-metaphors

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      618 - Jazz and Thunder. Say Your Piece (or Peace)?


      Are sports team names singular or plural? Do you say your piece or say your peace? FOLLOW ALONG ON THE WEBSITE http://bit.ly/sports-teams http://bit.ly/say-your-piece FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/realgrammargirl Instagram: http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl SPONSORS http://juicebeauty.com/grammar (use the promo code...


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      617 - 'Lay' and 'Lie.' 'Grill' and 'Grille.' 'Warsh.'


      This week, we talk about why people say "warsh" instead of "wash"(it's called in the intrusive R), about why we have two spellings for the word that sounds like "grill," and how to remember the difference between "lay" and "lie." FOLLOW ALONG ON THE WEBSITE 'Lay' and 'Lie' http://bit.ly/layLie 'Grill' and 'Grille' http://bit.ly/grill-grille 'Warsh' http://bit.ly/wash-warsh FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook:...


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      616 - The Prodigal Tongue. Odoriferous. Battle Royale.


      This week, I have a delightful excerpt from Lynne Murphy's new book "The Prodigal Tongue" about the differences between British and American English, a tip about words for smells, and a tidbit about the term "battle royale." FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/realgrammargirl Instagram: http://instagram.com/thegrammargirl LinkedIn:...


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       2018-04-13  20m
       
       

      615 - Humor with Adverbs. Noisome. Receipts. Case Quarters.


      This week, we talk about how adverbs can be squishy in what they modify and how that can lead to funny double meanings, about the difference between "noisy" and "noisome," about why people say they "have the receipts," and about the meaning and origin of "case quarter." FOLLOW ALONG ON THE WEBSITE: Adverbs: http://bit.ly/funnyAdverbs Noisome: http://bit.ly/Noisome Receipts: http://bit.ly/TheReceipts Case Quarter: http://bit.ly/CaseQuarter FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter:...


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       2018-04-05  18m
       
       

      614 - Illeism. Named For or After? Misinformation and Disinformation.


      When famous characters or people like Hercule Poirot and LeBron James refer to themselves by their own name, it's called illeism, and it can actually be a useful psychological technique. Then, we explore the difference between being named for someone and named after someone. Finally, we use a carrot hoax from World War II to explain the difference between misinformation and disinformation. FOLLOW ALONG ON THE WEBSITE: Illeism: http://bit.ly/illeism Named For or After:...


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       2018-03-30  16m
       
       

      613 - Dictionary.com Starts Defining Emoji (an interview with Jane Solomon)


      Dictionary.com has added emoji definitions to its site, and I have an interview with the lexicographer behind the decision, Jane Solomon. Emoji are a lot more linguistically complex than you may imagine. Plus, I remind you of the difference between "aw" and "awe" and the origin that will help you use "awe" especially well. FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/realgrammargirl Instagram:...


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       2018-03-22  29m
       
       

      612 - The Pin/Pen Merger. American. 'Half-Staff' or 'Half-Mast'?


      This week, we talk about why some people say "pin" and "pen" the same way, why citizens of the United States call themselves "Americans" when other people live on the American continent too, and why flags can be flown at half-mast or half-staff.  FOLLOW ALONG ON THE WEBSITE The Pin/Pen Merger http://bit.ly/pin-pen-merger 'American' http://bit.ly/demonyms 'Half-Staff' and 'Half-Mast' http://bit.ly/half-mast-staff FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: ...


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       2018-03-16  20m