A few stolen minutes out of your day to talk words and communication, because punctuation is more than confetti and you’ve always wondered if you should teach your dog to “lay” or “lie” down. Words. Language. Human communication. Everything begins there.
I’m ready for your moments of temporary hesitation or bewilderment. The English language can be difficult, but who says talking about it can’t be educational and entertaining?
At twelve months old, babies are already beginning to recognize “adjacent relationships” of words, how language fits together to organize itself. The learning process with listening, speaking, and writing, begins there and often lasts for a lifetime. There’s no medal awarded for correctness, but a strong command of your words is one way to show […]
Now that we’ve established whether it’s “prouder” or “more proud” than a peacock in last week’s episode, I want to keep talking about birds. Why? Because calling a North American turkey a “turkey” is up there with the earliest of #fakenews. But, accuracy has never been the English language’s strong suit. It’s the week of […]
Is it possible to be more proud than a peacock? Or, wait, is it “prouder” than a peacock? One is the correct form, but do you know the answer? Let’s talk language tips for the curious or confused. This is Season 1, Episode 10. How we have only two episodes left in this first season, […]
Language tips for the curious or confused. Because we really can fit into either category, depending on the day, the moment, the answer that slipped from your mind. This is episode 9 of season 1, and I’ll admit it, this podcast started out as an experiment. Who in the world is as fascinated as I […]
We all need these little word choice reminders, don’t we? We need to remember the difference between “insure” and “ensure,” without a doubt understanding that “insure” with an “i” is talking about insurance. We need to know that when you might say “I could care less,” that means that you do indeed care about something. […]
Before I dive into the trickery of English language spacing, let me tell you a story about selling books at midnight at the launch of J.K. Rowling’s 5th book in the Harry Potter series, The Order of the Phoenix. I was in college at the time, working at a bookstore, and the build-up had been […]
I want to talk about monsters. A scary story can be fun any time of year, but especially near Halloween. It’s good to know that a collection of ravens is an “unkindness” and a collection of crows is a “murder.” It’s good to know that there are these things called “ghost words,” which are typos in […]
Just in the (k)nick of time, let’s talk about how you spell that “(k)nick” in the “(k)nick of time.” Is it spelled N-I-C-K or is it K-N-I-C-K? What’s your first reaction? Let’s see if you’re right. This is episode 5, and I’m having fun with this series of language tips for the curious or confused. […]
This is episode 4, and I’ve got another question for you: Is the expression “you’ve got another think coming” or “you’ve got another thing coming”? Former President Barack Obama and Judas Priest are tied up in the answer, but before I get to it, I wanted to give a special shout out to my new […]
This is episode 3 of the Words You Should Know podcast, and it’s time to take a step back. So what am I doing here? Here’s a hint: it’s more than teaching you that you want your football team to have a “disinterested” ref rather than an “uninterested” ref. And this podcast is more than […]