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  • 705 - 'Blue Collar,' 'Bluestocking,' and 'the Blue Hair Brigade.' 'Oral' Versus 'Verbal.'
    <![CDATA[We talk about the origins of the phrases "blue collar," "bluestocking," and "blue hair," and discuss whether you should follow a rule you may not have even heard before: Don't use "verbal" to mean "spoken." LINKS AND SPONSORS | Blinkist: http://blinkist.com/grammar Native: http://nativedeodorant.com code:GRAMMAR | Grammar Girl Email Newsletter | https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/newsletters… Read more »
  • 704 - Present Tense When Writing About Fiction. The Poop Emoji and Eggcorns.
    <![CDATA[If you're writing about fiction, especially time-shifting fiction, it can be tricky figuring out whether to use present tense or past tense. We have help! Also, I answer a listener question about a funny mix up about the poop emoji. LINKS AND SPONSORS | Cove: http://withcove.com/gg | Grammar Girl Email Newsletter… Read more »
  • 703 - Why There Are 9 Different Ways to Pronounce the Letter T
    <![CDATA[We count nine different allophones of the letter T. Odds are good you'll recognize them all (and some of them may annoy you). LINKS AND SPONSORS | Babbel: http://babbel.com/grammar | True & Co: http://trueandco.com/grammar CODE: GRAMMAR | Bombas: http://bombas.com/grammar | Grammar Girl Email Newsletter | https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/newsletters | Grammar Girl's AP style webinar |… Read more »
  • 702 - ‘All of a Sudden’ or ‘All of the Sudden’? ‘Baited’ or ‘Bated’ Breath?
    <![CDATA[I had a listener insist the wrong way of saying "suddenly" was right, so I had to look into it. Also, I'll help you spell "bated breath" properly (and explain why it looks so weird). LINKS AND SPONSORS | Babbel: http://babbel.com/grammar | Grammar Girl Email Newsletter: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/newsletters | Grammar Girl's… Read more »
  • 701 - ‘Biweekly’ or ‘Semiweekly’? ‘Foward' and ‘Forward.’
    <![CDATA[Today I have a Quick and Dirty Tip about the difference between “biweekly” and “semiweekly,” and I respond to a listener question about why I pronounce “forward” without the R. LINKS AND SPONSORS | Babbel: http://babbel.com/grammar | Grammar Girl Email Newsletter: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/newsletters | Grammar Girl's AP style webinar: http://bit.ly/GrammarWebinar2019 |… Read more »
  • 700 - When to Capitalize 'Google.' Why Zero is 'Love' in Tennis.
    <![CDATA[Today I answer a listener question about how to write "Google" when you use it as a verb, and we talk about the strange scoring system in tennis. Wimbledon is upon us!  LINKS AND SPONSORS | Blinkist: http://blinkist.com/grammar | Grammar Girl Email Newsletter: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/newsletters | Grammar Girl's AP style webinar:… Read more »
  • 699 - When to Capitalize Computer Terms. StetWalk
    <![CDATA[Today I answer listener questions about how to write about a Word document, a PDF file, or a zip file. And learn how to play along with #StetWalk! LINKS AND SPONSORS | Stitcher App: http://stitcherapp.com/grammar | Grammar Girl Email Newsletter: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/newsletters | Grammar Girl's AP style webinar: http://bit.ly/GrammarWebinar2019 | GRAMMAR… Read more »
  • 698 - 'Subpoena.' When To Capitalize 'The' in Titles.
    <![CDATA[I could never remember how to spell "subpoena" until I came up with a memory trick! Also, we go over the tricky cases of when to capitalize the word "the" in titles such as The New York Times and The Chicago Manual of Style. Sometimes you do, and sometimes you… Read more »
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    I've trained a lot of executives in using a conversational or "TED style" in their presentations, which incorporates lots of storytelling skills. But the skeptics among them think that storytelling equals showing off. When it comes to "real" business--like negotiation with a client, customer, or supplier, say--storytelling doesn't belong, they… Read more »
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    Let's have a double shot and power through this Friday, shall we communicators? After all, the weekend is just ahead. Savor your shots with my finds of the week, shared via @dontgetcaught on Twitter and don't get caught on Facebook, and curated here for you. Caffeine FTW...The singing barista? Working on being the next… Read more »
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    Been sawing wood at work this week, communicators? Time to stack it up and light a fire with my finds of the week, shared via @dontgetcaught on Twitter and don't get caught on Facebook, and curated here for you. What better way to greet the weekend than with a roaring fire?The fire doesn't… Read more »
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    I heard a little death knell in coverage of Lin-Manuel Miranda's effort to raise funds for Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurrican Maria, or what sounded like it. It may be that we've moved past, as a nation, the carefully sculpted image of the public executive in the wake of… Read more »
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    Turn down the heat on the week that was, communicators, and start prepping for the weekend. You can start with my finds of the week, shared via @dontgetcaught on Twitter and don't get caught on Facebook, and curated here for you. Stir, simmer, and boil your way into the weekend:No more knife cuts:… Read more »
  • Tell it better: What if you only have six seconds for that story?
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    I'm always telling the speakers I coach to slow down--ask anybody backstage at TEDMED, or quiz my coaching clients. But a recent disclosure over the summer may have many storytellers thinking they need to speed up.At the Cannes Lions advertising festival back in June, New York Times reporter Jim Rutenberg… Read more »
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    You're the apple of my eye, communicators. Time to take a bite out of my finds of the week, shared via @dontgetcaught on Twitter and don't get caught on Facebook, and curated here for you. Welcome to the weekend:Bobbing for apples? You can now use Google to search for ebooks in your local public… Read more »
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