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Jun 10 2021:How Long Is a Good Sentence? 'Cord' or 'Chord'? Grumple.
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Jun 3 2021:What Made 'Friends' Funny. How Cicadas Got Their Name. Dog Replacer.
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May 27 2021:Is 'Graduated College' Wrong? Five Wonderful Latin Phrases.
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May 20 2021:'Bring,' 'Take,' and 'Carry.' 'The Queen's Gambit.' Sweepy Thing.
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May 13 2021:Writing Dialogue. 'Associate Degree' or 'Associate's Degree'? Wiffy.
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May 6 2021:'Ketchup' or 'Catsup'? How to Punctuate Questions. Gmoing Gmoing.
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Apr 29 2021:What Does ‘Op-Ed’ Really Mean? The Perfect Paragraph Length. Items.
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Apr 22 2021:The Intrusive "Of." What Makes English Weird.
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Apr 15 2021:How to Write Faster. The Origin of the Odd Letter W
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Apr 8 2021:'Borrow' and 'Lend.' When to Use 'Nor.' Boncho.
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Apr 1 2021:1) Squirrelly Animal Verbs. 2) 'People,' 'Peoples,' and 'Persons': Why It Matters.
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Mar 25 2021:A vast number of words have surprising origins. We talked about some today, including "scientist," "impressionist," "beatnik," and "paradigm."
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Mar 18 2021:'Normalcy' or 'Normality'? A Punctuation Question from a Famous Movie Line. Taco Cats.
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Mar 11 2021:It's Not Just March. Other Months Have 'Ides' Too! Are You on the Pig's Back Today?
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Mar 4 2021:813 - The History of National Grammar Day. My Favorite Resources. Anniversity
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Feb 25 2021:812 - Kibosh. Sidekicks. Misolation.
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Feb 18 2021:811 - Inigo Montoya and Coining Phrases. 'Dose' or 'Dosage'?
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Feb 11 2021:810 - Words out of Time. Why 'OK' Is OK.
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Feb 4 2021:809 - Rethink Descriptions Like 'Diabetic.' The Wonderful World of Italics,
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Jan 28 2021:808 - 6 Latin Abbreviations You Should Know. 'Imply' or 'Infer'?
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Jan 21 2021:807 - Why We Call Them Sea 'Shanties.' A Trick to Remember How to Spell 'Conscience'
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Jan 14 2021:806 - Why You Should Try Fanfiction. How to Find Tricky Pronunciations.
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Jan 7 2021:805 - 'Acedia': the lost name for the emotion we're all feeling right now
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Dec 31 2020:804 - Another Think/Thing Coming. 'Sanction,' 'Cleave,' 'Dust,' and More
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Dec 24 2020:803 - Pandemic, COVID, anderhalvemetersamenleving: 2020 Words of the Year
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Dec 17 2020:802 - Brandon Sanderson on Writing, Character and Place Names, and the Future
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Dec 10 2020:801 - How to Get Your 'Just Deserts.' Comma After 'But'? Why?
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Dec 3 2020:800 - What Did You Step On? And Is That a Desert or a Dessert?
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Nov 26 2020:799 - What 'Whence' Has to Do with 'Where Are You At?' 'Regime' or 'Regimen'?
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Nov 19 2020:798 - Why 'Hilarious' Is Funnier than 'Hysterical.' How to Start a Novel.
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Nov 12 2020:797 - Why Dickens' Character Names Are So Revealing. 'Continual' or 'Continuous'?
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Nov 6 2020:796 - What Is a 'Crony'? Why Doesn’t 'Veterans Day' Have an Apostrophe?
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Oct 29 2020:795 - Why People Use Scare Quotes. 'Dialog' or 'Dialogue'?
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Oct 22 2020:794 - Create Characters as Great as Hamlet. How to Format Internal Dialogue
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Oct 15 2020:793 - Why Journalists Use Misspellings Like 'Lede' and 'Spox'
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Oct 8 2020:792 - A Totally, Like, Bitchin' Podcast About 'Like'
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Oct 1 2020:791 - 'Although' Versus 'While.' Why We Write with Cliches (and How to Stop)
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Sep 24 2020:790 - 'Laureate' Is Good. Why Is 'Resting on Your Laurels' Bad? 'Smarmy.'
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Sep 17 2020:789 - How to Make Your Readers Laugh. 'Whoa' or 'Woah'?
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Sep 10 2020:788 - Why 'Out of Pocket' Means Both 'Inappropriate' and 'Unavailable'
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Sep 3 2020:787 - Why We Associate Political Parties with the Colors Red and Blue
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Aug 27 2020:786 - 'Doomscrolling' (OK, Doomer). 'Each Other' or 'One Another'?
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Aug 20 2020:785 - 'Gantlet' or 'Gauntlet'? Do You Want to Say 'Had Went'?
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Aug 13 2020:784 - A Historical Tip for Remembering When to Use 'Historical.' Put More Thought into Your Punctuation.
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Aug 6 2020:783 - How Hurricanes Get Their Names. When You Should Avoid Using Contractions.
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Jul 30 2020:782 - What are those dots over letters? Why does 'money' have a plural, and how do you spell it?
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Jul 23 2020:781 - Blursday or Whensday? Middle Grade Versus Young Adult Fiction
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Jul 16 2020:780 - Which Comes First? Who or Where?
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Jul 9 2020:779 - How You Can Help the OED. Capitalizing 'Black.' How Playwriting Techniques Can Improve Your Writing.
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Jul 2 2020:778 - Do We Say 'Red Skies at Night, Sailor's Delight' Because of the Saharan Dust Plumes? Also, 'Yoiks!'
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Jun 25 2020:777 - How to Write Fight Scenes (and How to Get Started as a Fiction Editor)
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Jun 18 2020:776 - Why a Detective Searched for 'Clews' in a 1929 Novel. ‘Systemic’ or ‘Systematic’?
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Jun 11 2020:775 - Why We Talk About 'Bad Apples.' 'A Few' Versus 'a Couple'
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Jun 4 2020:774 - Roy Peter Clark on Civic Clarity
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May 28 2020:773 - Postal Zones. Reenter. Bougie.
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May 21 2020:772 - The History of ZIP Codes and Addresses (Plus How to Write Them)
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May 14 2020:771 - Writing Lessons from Bad Job Applications
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May 7 2020:770 - 'Muslim' or 'Moslem'? 'Fishfolk'? 'Fishist'? What Is the Gender-Neutral Term for 'Fisherman'?
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Apr 30 2020:769 - Why Do We Say 'Cool Your Heels'? What's Up With 'Zhuzh'?
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Apr 23 2020:768 - Why Aren't We 'Whelmed'? And Cabin 'Fever,' Anyone?
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Apr 16 2020:767 - The semicolon is so much more interesting than you imagine
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Apr 9 2020:766 - 'Flaunt' and 'Flout.' 'Band Together.'
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Apr 2 2020:765 - Say No to Marshall Law. How 'Vaccine' Is Related to 'Cow.'
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Mar 26 2020:764 - Skeleton Crew. Hunker Down. Uncharted. Existential.
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Mar 19 2020:763 - How to Write Better Email. 'Pandemic' vs. 'Epidemic.' 'Canceled' vs. 'Cancelled.'
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Mar 12 2020:762 - How to Pronounce 'Celtic.' 'Whiskey' or 'Whisky'?
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Mar 5 2020:761 - Why It's Called 'Daylight Saving Time.' The Origin of the Word 'Woman.'
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Feb 27 2020:760 - What Is Genre. 'Bangs' Versus 'Fringe.'
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Feb 20 2020:759 - What Does ‛Mardi Gras’ Mean? "Drive to Work" Versus "Drive Home"
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Feb 13 2020:758 - Why 'XOXO' Means 'Hugs and Kisses'
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Feb 6 2020:757 - The days of the week are names you've known your whole life, but do you know their origin?
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Jan 30 2020:756 - High Odds or Low Odds?
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Jan 23 2020:755 - How to Write Anything
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Jan 16 2020:754 - The Tie Between Ann Landers and 'Could Care Less.'
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Jan 9 2020:753 - Take Heart! Here's Why You Still Have Time to Write Your First Novel
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Jan 2 2020:752 - Why Do Asian Languages Have So Many Different Scripts?
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Dec 26 2019:751 - Why Are There So Many Spellings for 'Hanukkah'? (Or Is That 'Chanukah'?)
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Dec 19 2019:750 - Pitch Black. Frankincense and Myrrh.
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Dec 16 2019:749 - How to Identify Your Main Point. It's Harder Than You Think!
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Dec 12 2019:748 - Your Language Affects Your Perception of Time. 'Star Wars' Languages.
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Dec 9 2019:747 - You Don't Have to Get Up on Stage for Improv to Boost Your Creativity
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Dec 5 2019:746 - How to Make Family Names Plural. How Come We Ask 'How Come?'
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Dec 2 2019:745 - 'More Than' Versus 'Over.' Is a Hamburger a Sandwich?
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Nov 28 2019:744 - Cold Turkey, Talk Turkey, and More. The Weird Origin of the Cornucopia.
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Nov 25 2019:743 - How to Get Your Characters Right (Especially When They Aren't Like You)
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Nov 21 2019:742 - Famous Quotations. Silent Letters.
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Nov 18 2019:741 - Behind the Scenes in Publishing.
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Nov 15 2019:740 - Do You Know When to Use Quotation Marks? Also, How to Create a House Style.
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Nov 11 2019:739 - The Problem with Sarcasm. Filthy Lucre.
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Nov 7 2019:738 - Can a Boy Raised by Wolves Learn to Speak Human Language? It Depends.
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Nov 4 2019:737 - Curtis Chen: Using NaNoWriMo to Kickstart Your Novel
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Oct 31 2019:736 - Ghastly Words for Ghosts. Quid pro Quo.
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Oct 28 2019:735 - Dave Itzkoff on Writing a Biography of Robin Williams
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Oct 24 2019:734 - Ghost Words
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Oct 21 2019:733 - Why People Hate Words Like 'Moist'
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Oct 17 2019:732 - How to Write a Conclusion. ‘Rebut’ or ‘Refute’?
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Oct 14 2019:731 - Compound Possession. 'Friday' or 'On Friday'?
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Oct 10 2019:730 - Turning a Podcast into a Novel: 'The Bright Sessions' to 'The Infinite Noise'
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Oct 7 2019:729 - Making Words That End in Y Plural.'Primer' Pronunciation.
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Oct 3 2019:728 - How English Words Came Into French After World War II
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Sep 30 2019:727 - The Quirky Australian 'Crime' Tense. 'Hopefully.'
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Sep 26 2019:726 - A Cup of Joe. ‘Smokey’ and ‘Smoky.’
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Sep 23 2019:725 - Interviewing, Story Structure, and Writing Tools with Jonathan Small
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Sep 19 2019:724 - Why Esperanto Is an Amazing Language. 'Fall' or 'Autumn'?
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Sep 16 2019:723 - Grammar Girl #723. Tips for Fact Checking. Why We Use the Term 'Watershed Moment.'
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Sep 12 2019:722 - 'Math' or 'Maths'? Irregular Verbs.
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Sep 9 2019:721 - Verbing Nouns. 'It Is I' or 'It Is Me'?
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Sep 5 2019:720 - Getting Your Tricky Conditionals Right. Wheelhouse.
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Sep 2 2019:719 - Why 'Literally' Doesn't Mean 'Literally' Anymore. Video Games for Language Learning.
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Aug 29 2019:718 - Writing Scripts and Speeches. Ask and Aks.
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Aug 26 2019:717 - Words that Sound Funny
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Aug 23 2019:716 - What's Up With Words That Are Spelled the Same but Sound Different?
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Aug 19 2019:715 - POV. Plus 'Tinderella,' 'phubbing,' and more words at the intersection of relationships and technology.
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Aug 16 2019:714 - Eponyms: Cardigan, Dunce, Quisling, and More.
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Aug 12 2019:713 - More Apostrophe Mayhem. Dyslexia Writing Tips (link not available)
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Aug 8 2019:712 - Apostrophe Catastrophe. What (or Who) Is a Cipher?
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Aug 5 2019:711 - Misheard Song Lyrics and Eggcorns. The Ampersand.
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Aug 1 2019:710 - Vacay. Why Some People Call Green Peppers 'Mangoes'
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Jul 29 2019:709 - Surprise! The History of Semicolons Is Exciting.
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Jul 25 2019:708 - Why Alcohol Is 'Hard.' 'Phenomena' or 'Phenomenon'?
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Jul 22 2019:707 - How and Why the Internet Is Changing Language
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Jul 18 2019:706 - Sometimes It's Not a Bad Idea to Dumb Down Your Language.
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Jul 16 2019:705 - 'Blue Collar,' 'Bluestocking,' and 'the Blue Hair Brigade.' 'Oral' Versus 'Verbal.'
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Jul 11 2019:704 - Present Tense When Writing About Fiction. The Poop Emoji and Eggcorns.
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Jul 8 2019:703 - Why There Are 9 Different Ways to Pronounce the Letter T
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Jul 4 2019:702 - ‘All of a Sudden’ or ‘All of the Sudden’? ‘Baited’ or ‘Bated’ Breath?
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Jul 1 2019:701 - ‘Biweekly’ or ‘Semiweekly’? ‘Foward' and ‘Forward.’
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Jun 27 2019:700 - When to Capitalize 'Google.' Why Zero is 'Love' in Tennis.
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Jun 24 2019:699 - When to Capitalize Computer Terms. StetWalk
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Jun 20 2019:698 - 'Subpoena.' When To Capitalize 'The' in Titles.
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Jun 17 2019:697 - What Anyone Can Learn From the College Essay Process
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Jun 13 2019:696 - Hyphens in Ages. The Emphatic 'This.'
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Jun 10 2019:695 - 'Armageddon' or 'Apocalypse'? Numbers in Dialogue.
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Jun 6 2019:694 - Country Names and “The”: The Ukraine or Ukraine. Theater Idioms.
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Jun 4 2019:693 - What's Wrong with Saying Something Is 'Very Unique'?
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May 30 2019:692 - Godzilla, Cryptids, and Dilemma Comments.
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May 27 2019:691 - BONUS: Introducing Science Rules! with Bill Nye
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May 23 2019:690 - The Spelling Bee Kids
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May 20 2019:689 - More or most? Majority or plurality? The many (how many?) ways to describe amounts.
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May 16 2019:688 - Dangling Participles
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May 13 2019:687 - What It's Like to Be a Book Editor and Translator
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May 9 2019:686 - The 'Dilemma' Dilemma. 'Big Bang Theory" Words and Language.
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May 6 2019:685 - How to Find Work as a Freelance Writer. Adventure.
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May 2 2019:684 - ‘Unquote’ or ‘End Quote’? Cinco de Mayo. Horse Idioms.
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Apr 29 2019:683 - ‘So’ and ‘So That’: What Type of Conjunction Are They?
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Apr 25 2019:682 - Do You Drop Your T's? 'Sneaked' and 'Snuck.'
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Apr 22 2019:681 - 'The Dictionary of Difficult Words,' an Interview with Jane Solomon
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Apr 18 2019:680 - Wakandan, Groot, and Other Languages of the Marvel Universe. Easter and Passover.
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Apr 15 2019:679 - Brussels sprouts? Scotch eggs? Swedish meatballs? Which food names can you trust?
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Apr 11 2019:678 - Moolah, Clams, and Scratch. God, Godsend, and Godfather.
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Apr 4 2019:676 - The Language of 'Game of Thrones'
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Apr 1 2019:675 - Why Verbs Like 'Witness' Are Weird
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Mar 28 2019:674 - How You Can Benefit Year-Round from NaNoWriMo
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Mar 25 2019:673 - Schwa-ify This! Scrabble Stories
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Mar 21 2019:672 - How a Semicolon Brought Two Writers Together
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Mar 18 2019:671 - Why We Have Both 'Color' and 'Colour'
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Mar 14 2019:670 - Equinox. Is Irish the Same as Gaelic?
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Mar 11 2019:669 - 'Red Tape,' 'Red Herring,' 'Paint the Town Red,' and More 'Red' Idioms.
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Mar 7 2019:668 - What's Wrong with 'These Ones'? Faith and Begorrah, We Have Irish Phrases for St. Patrick's Day!
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Mar 4 2019:667 - Why ducks say "quack-quack" in English but "ga-ga" in Japanese.
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Feb 28 2019:666 - Double Negatives.
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Feb 25 2019:665 - Language News Chat
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Feb 21 2019:664 - Benjamin Dreyer and His Unusual Pet Peeves
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Feb 18 2019:663 - D-Day. Why I Want a Salad-Salad.
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