A brief history of English (aka when they spoke French in England). Killer death meat.
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by Mignon Fogarty
21h ago
1005. You asked, so I have a brief history of English from invading Germanic tribes to the Modern English era. We talk about Vikings, the Norman Conquest, the Black Death, the Tyndale Bible, the printing press, and more. | Share a recording of your familect story with me on Threads, Instagram, or  Mastodon. | Edited transcript with links: https://grammar-girl.simplecast.com/episodes/history/transcript | Grammarpalooza (Get texts from Mignon!): https://joinsubtext.com/grammar or text "hello" to (917) 540-0876. | Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. | Watch my LinkedIn ..read more
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1004. The power of words: Conscious language, with Karen Yin
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by Mignon Fogarty, Inc.
6d ago
1004. This week, Karen Yin, author of "The Conscious Style Guide," discusses the concept of conscious language and its importance in promoting equity and respect. We explore the differences between conscious language and political correctness, the evolution of the singular "they," and how to navigate language change. Karen also shares insights on addressing language mishaps, the importance of context in language use, and how to approach controversial terms and phrases ..read more
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How to write about zero. Are your emails accidentally rude? PAPST.
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by Valerie Fridland, Mignon Fogarty
1w ago
1003. This week, we look at zero — what a weird number! It has two plurals, sometimes you use the word and sometimes you use the numeral, and it gave rise to a bunch of idioms in the World War II era. Then we turn our attention to email. Generational differences can lead to misunderstandings. We explain why and how to avoid them. | Edited transcript with links: https://grammar-girl.simplecast.com/episodes/zero-email/transcript | Grammarpalooza (Get texts from Mignon!): https://joinsubtext.com/grammar or text "hello" to (917) 540-0876. | Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates ..read more
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AI: Friend or foe? A conversation with Martha Brockenbrough
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by Martha Brockenbrough
1w ago
1002. This week, Mignon talks with author Martha Brockenbrough about the good and bad sides of using artificial intelligence for writing and education, including ethical concerns about using AI-generated content, strategies for teaching writing in the age of AI, and the potential effects on teachers' jobs. Martha's new book, "Future Tense": https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250765925/futuretense Martha's website: https://martha-brockenbrough.squarespace.com/ Martha on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marthabee/ | Edited transcript with links: https://grammar-girl.simplecast.com/episodes/m ..read more
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The unspoken rules of adjectives. The rise of 'yeah-nah.' Sundies
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by Kate Burridge, Isabelle Burke, Mignon Fogarty
2w ago
1001. This week, we explore the often-overlooked rules for ordering adjectives in English and when to use commas between them. Then, spurred by a recent shout-out at a Taylor Swift concert in Australia, we look at the rise of the phrase "yeah-nah" (and its American cousin "yeah-no"). | Edited transcript with links: https://grammar-girl.simplecast.com/episodes/adjectives/transcript | Grammarpalooza (Get texts from Mignon!): https://joinsubtext.com/grammar or text "hello" to (917) 540-0876. | Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. | Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing courses ..read more
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The birth of American English. How to recognize a phrasal verb. Cucka-nucka.
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by Edwin L. Battistella, Mignon Fogarty, Valerie Fridland
3w ago
999. This week, we look at what shaped early American English, from Native American words to Noah Webster's spelling reforms. Then, we explore phrasal verbs, looking at their grammatical peculiarities and some tips to distinguish them from other types of verbs. The "American English" segment was written by Valerie Fridland, a professor of linguistics at the University of Nevada in Reno and the author of "Like, Literally, Dude: Arguing for the Good in Bad English." You can find her at valeriefridland.com. The "phrasal verbs" segment was written by Edwin L. Battistella, who taught linguistics an ..read more
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Buying your hometown newspaper, with Samantha & Greg Enslen
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by Mignon Fogarty, Greg Enslen, Samantha Enslen
3w ago
998. This week, I talked with Samantha and Greg Enslen, who recently purchased their hometown newspaper, the "Tippecanoe Gazette" in Tipp City, Ohio. Sam and Greg shared how they are making it work, from updating antiquated systems to expanding news coverage and readership. We also discussed balancing print and digital content, the challenges of ad sales and subscriptions, their commitment to hyper-local reporting, their thoughts on AI in journalism, and the colorful stories that make small-town news so much fun. Whether you're an aspiring journalist or are simply curious about the future of l ..read more
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What the Wicked Witch of the West has to do with grammar. Words for walking. Bottleadammit.
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by Mignon Fogarty, Michaela Dunn
1M ago
997. This week, I help you learn (and remember!) the difference between "which" and "that" with practical tips and examples about cupcakes. Then, we take a linguistic stroll through walking-related terms, including "perambulate," "sashay," and "traipse." The "words for walking" segment was written by Michaela Dunn, a Wyoming-based editor and publisher for Everywhen Press. She specializes in magical realism, low fantasy, folklore, and fairy tales. | Edited transcript with links: https://grammar-girl.simplecast.com/episodes/which/transcript | Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing courses. | Pl ..read more
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The Hidden Stories of African American English with Dr. Sonja Lanehart
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by Mignon Fogarty, Sonja Lanehart
1M ago
996.  This week, you'll learn about the rich linguistic history of African American English with Dr. Sonja Lanehart, an advisor to the Oxford Dictionary of African American English. We talked about what goes into making an entirely new dictionary and about some of the first entries, including "kitchen," "Aunt Hagar's  Children," and "do rag." Find Dr. Sonja Lanehart at https://www.sonjallanehart.com/. Visit the ODAAE website: https://www.oed.com/discover/odaae | Edited transcript with links: https://grammar-girl.simplecast.com/episodes/lanehart/transcript | Please take our advertisin ..read more
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The art of punctuation and the charm of 'kerfuffle.' Nicing.
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by Mignon Fogarty, Samantha Enslen
1M ago
995. This week, we look at when to use parentheses, dashes, and commas and how the choice can change the tone of your writing. Then, we dive into the history of words for describing a big fuss — "kerfuffle," "hullabaloo," "hoopla," and more. The "big fuss" segment was written by Samantha Enslen, who runs Dragonfly Editorial. You can find her at DragonflyEditorial.com. | Edited transcript with links: https://grammar-girl.simplecast.com/episodes/kerfuffle/transcript | Please take our advertising survey. It helps! https://podsurvey.com/GRAMMAR | Grammarpalooza (Get texts from Mignon!): https://jo ..read more
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