Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing: Episodes

Why sentences like this are funny: A woman gives birth in the UK every 48 seconds. She must be exhausted.
Why do people say "a-whole-nother"?It's the same reason we say "an apron" instead if "a napron."
While researching why people say "a-whole-nother," Syelle Graves discovered that even knowing what to call the phrase gets complicated (and interesting).
Using Stick Figures to Understand First, Second, and Third Person
Many people have been taught that it's wrong to start a sentence with a conjunction, but nearly all major style guides say doing so is fine. Neal Whitman investigates why there seems to be such a difference between what teachers say and what style guides say.
The authors of "The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation" help us understand parallel structure.
Commas are like people on the subway: You think you know them, but they're awfully complex. This week, we'll dig deeper and get to know some of their jobs: separating items in a series (the Oxford comma), delineating appositives, and surrounding nonrestrictive phrases.
Sometimes companies leave apostrophes out of their names when it seems as if the name would need an apostrophe. Why do they do it, and is it wrong?
In honor of Shakespeare's 450th birthday, we'll look at Shakespeare's words, phrases, insults, and false friends. I bet you don't know them all.
Neal Whitman addresses some annoying phrases you hear in stores and restaurants, such as "Can I help who's next?" and "Did you want cream in your coffee?" Find out why people say such things.
It's tricky to pick apart the grammar of a sentence such as "Just because you’re correct doesn’t mean you’re not annoying." Guest writer Neal Whitman explains why such sentences work and what they really mean.
Editors from the Associated Press just announced that the AP Stylebook is changing its stance on using "over" to mean "more than." Plenty of people are shocked. Find out why they shouldn't be.
Some words have strong forms, weak forms, and even weaker forms.
Gretchen McCulloch from the All Things Linguistic explains why Canadians don't say "aboot" and why most Americans think they do.
Language is changing but that doesn't mean you have to go with the flow.
Why it’s hard to talk about substituting one thing for another without confusing people.

Guest Writer: Neal Whitman
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Today, we’re going to talk about two cases in which English has two words that mean the same thing and whether one choice is better than the other. Preventative and preventive, and orient and orientate.

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