Have you ever wondered why the British say "maths" and "in hospital" and Americans say "math" and "in the hospital"? We have some answers. Also, we look at why the most common verbs tend to be irregular. #podcast http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/media.blubrry.com/grammargirl/traffic.libsyn.com/grammar/gg_722.mp3?dest-id=412891
I'm doing a Q&A for this at 3:30 on Saturday at St. James Infirmary (in Reno). Come out and ask me questions!
Alan wonders what to think about his co-workers "solutioning" problems. Also, we investigate whether you should tell people "It is I" or "It is me." #podcast http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/media.blubrry.com/grammargirl/traffic.libsyn.com/grammar/gg_721.mp3?dest-id=412891
I toured the @NNVLiteracyCncl@twitter.com in Reno today. What a great organization! They offer free classes for people who want to learn English, get a GED, take the citizenship test, and more. http://nnlc.org/
My calendar says today is #NationalAmpersandDay! Did you know the ampersand used to be part of the alphabet? https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/ampersand
Fascinating! It seems as if people speak faster and slower in different languages, but convey about the same amount of information per second. https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/speech-speed-may-vary-between-languages-but-information-rate-stays-the-same/
Hey, @GrammarGirl@twitter.com, I know someone who told me he used to confuse related words such as “ceiling” and “roof,” “floor” and “ground,” and “chest” and “stomach.” If there is a linguistics explanation for this, I would love to hear you cover it on the show. Thanks for all you do!
We think there are better ways to talk about conditionals (such as "If Squiggly knew the answer...") than to use the vague terms first, second, and third conditionals. Also we look at why people talk about things being "in their wheelhouse." http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/media.blubrry.com/grammargirl/traffic.libsyn.com/grammar/gg_720.mp3?dest-id=412891
Nothing at all? This is another one of the harsh, seemingly daily reminders that I think people know the same things I do, and they really, really don't.
39% of US adults have heard "nothing at all" about the use of gender-neutral pronouns
38% have heard "a little"
22% have heard "a lot"
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