Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for English

Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for English

How to Really Talk Like a Pirate. When Do You Need a Comma Before 'Because'?

Based on the history of who was sailing the high seas, it's a good bet pirates sounded a lot...

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Naked Idioms. Short-Lived. Capitalizing Earth. Hector Protector.

We naked apes have been making up sayings with the word "naked" for a long time. Plus,...

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The Origin of 'Honeymoon.' 'Where' Versus 'In Which.' Fevesteter.

What does getting married have to do with honey and the moon? What is tricky about the word...

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Weird Words for Alcohol. Starting a Sentence with 'However.'

What does "Dutch courage" mean? And 10 other weird words for alcohol. Plus, the special...

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How Storytelling Makes a Difference (and How to Do It Well)

As much as we'd like to believe that people are convinced by facts, years of cognitive...

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What's the Opposite of Deja Vu? Commas Between Adjectives

You know about deja vu, but do you know about jemais vu, presque vu, deja lu, deja entendu, and...

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The Best Stories from 15 Years of Grammar Girl

We've gone through a lot of stories and tips in 15 years—more than a thousand. Today, I...

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'Fish' or 'Fishes'? Why Do We Call Out 'Nothing' as 'Bupkis'?

"Fish" really does have two plurals. Usually you want "fish," but we talk...

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Trundle, Amble, Roam, and Shamble. How Some Preposition Use Has Changed Over Time.

We look at the surprising origins of some of our favorite words for walking. Plus, how do you...

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Starting a Sentence with a Conjunction: Right or Wrong? Good 'Subpar' and Bad 'Subpar.'

Many people have been taught that it's wrong to start a sentence with a conjunction, but...

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What Made 'Friends' Funny. How Cicadas Got Their Name.

You laughed and laughed while watching "Friends." One reason it was funny is that the...

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Is 'Graduated College' Wrong? Five Wonderful Latin Phrases.

I'm hearing "graduated college" much more often. Is it still wrong? Plus, five bona...

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'Bring,' 'Take,' and 'Carry.' 'The Queen's Gambit.' Sweepy Thing.

We go through the simple rules for "bring" and "take," but then talk about...

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Writing Dialogue. 'Associate Degree' or 'Associate's Degree'? Wiffy.

Is that dialogue feeling off? We're here to help! Plus, how to write about degrees this...

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'Ketchup' or 'Catsup'? How to Punctuate Questions. Gmoing Gmoing.

Have you seen the tomato sauce spelled two different ways? "Ketchup" is the better...

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