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grammargirl

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Grammar Girl. Podcaster. New York Times bestselling author. Quick and Dirty Tips founder. Bad skier. California. she/her

#AmWriting An advanced grammar course
#AmEditing 3/27 Grammar Girl podcast
#AmReading Nettle and Bone (Kingfisher)

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grammargirl, to random
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Dipping into the strategic chocolate reserve.

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Just saw a commercial so it reminds me to say: never use Grammarly, tell your friends not to use Grammarly, hide yo kids, hide yo wife, Grammarly is bad news.

Their data policies are and always have been atrocious, and they should be blocked with all due haste in every corporate environment.

grammargirl,
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@mlanger @neurovagrant I've never been a fan of Grammarly.

I tried it again last year and was surprised to find that it had actually gotten worse — many of its suggestions were just wrong.

I'm vaguely aware of the data policies being bad, but that was never a factor for me because the product itself is so bad.

grammargirl,
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@mlanger @neurovagrant I'm not philosophically opposed to grammar checkers, and I think spellcheckers are great.

But my best "finishing" tool is to have a computer read my writing aloud to me. That's how I find most typos and bits I want to edit more.

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If you aren't keeping up with the state of Voice AI, you have no idea how good it's getting. I didn't read a single word of this. Skip to 2:59 for a real hoot (esp. if you know my voice.)

https://soundcloud.com/tomwebster/tom-the-delighful-rapper/s-q6WWEatB8Ic?si=5c5a414ef0e94c2fbf77558015634c5f&utm_source=clipboard&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=social_sharing

grammargirl,
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@tomwebster Fabulous! What a great example. It shows both how good the mimicry is (I never would have guessed it wasn't you from the voice) and how terrible it can be at getting the right intonations for what you're trying to say.

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Every time I talk with my 75- to 80-year old relatives I vow to eat better, exercise every day, meditate, floss, and do everything else I can do to keep my body in good condition.

I know that won't stave off everything, but they all have soooo many health problems.

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This outdoor library project in Westchester County (New York) looks really cool, and they're hiring a community engagement consultant.

https://www.libraryfield.org/

https://metro.org/jobs/community-engagement-consultant

buttar, to random

@grammargirl Hello, ma'am. A question plz:
In school, do you call it 2nd Class or Class 2 (pronounced "Two")?
I mean I'm under the impression that one should use cardinal numbers with the Class system, not ordinals. Am I right?
Also some prefer to use only Roman numbers while referring to classes e.g. Class IX. That is again pronounced "nine," right?

Or is there a another (correct) way to write and pronounce Classes?
(The West may be mostly goes with "Grade" but in India, it is mostly "Class")

grammargirl,
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@buttar I've never heard classes referred to that way, so I can't tell you what the convention is. Sorry.

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@buttar If I understand the question correctly, I'd say my niece is in "second grade" or that I'm "visiting a second-grade class."

grammargirl,
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@buttar I guess at big companies people might say something like "she's a class 4 manager." I'm not sure.

grammargirl, to random
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You may have seen the viral news story a few months ago about a new type of language emerging in Miami from the mixing of Spanish and English, with people saying things like "I'm going to make a party."

In this week's podcast, we go much deeper into these phenomena called calques and how the same process gave us "flea market" and helped spread "skyscraper" around the world.

PODCAST:
https://pod.link/173429229

TRANSCRIPT:
https://grammar-girl.simplecast.com/episodes/calques/transcript

YOUTUBE:
https://youtu.be/avfsBKpkgVs

grammargirl, to random
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This is my new favorite thing (sent to me by a friend).

Woman Foolishly Thinks She Just Needs to Get Through This Week

https://reductress.com/post/woman-foolishly-thinks-she-just-needs-to-get-through-this-week/

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I found out yesterday that my app was a part of someone's morning routine alongside Wordle. 😊

Statistics are helpful but it's so rewarding to hear directly from a happy user.

The app is the Old English Wordhord and my wife @hanavideen adds an Old English word every day.

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/old-english-wordhord/id1535982564

grammargirl,
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@tvwonder @ryanlintott @hanavideen It's great! And I'm also interviewing Hana soon for an upcoming Grammar Girl podcast.

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@stancarey A listener asked me if there are any calques in which native Irish speakers adapt English to Irish Gaelic speaking patterns (or any other kinds of Irish<>English calques), and I immediately thought of you! Do you know of anything like this?

grammargirl,
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@xian @stancarey Thanks!

grammargirl,
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@stancarey To add to this, although I am interested in all cases, my listener is specifically interested in "those rare Irish folks who speak English as a second language."

grammargirl,
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@rothko Fun example!

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@grammargirl Hey Grammar Girl! It looks like all the slides are Skipped. Select all, right click, unskip should do the trick.

grammargirl,
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@jason Thank you!!! That fixed it.

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grammargirl,
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@ramsey Wow

grammargirl,
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@Teyrnon Wow, so are you saying hitting the "a" key sounds different from hitting the "r" key, for example?

grammargirl,
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@mwidenka @ramsey Astonishing

grammargirl,
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grammargirl, to random
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I just searched a stock photo site for "dehumanizing" and it showed me pictures of ... humidifiers.

I'm not sure what to think of that except that I was overly optimistic thinking it would show me anything useful.

grammargirl,
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@colorfiend I've had that kind of problem too. so frustrating!

grammargirl, to random
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Timeline of a project:

  1. Yes, I can absolutely do that 5 months from now.
  2. I should get started soon.
  3. I should really get started soon.
  4. OMG! OK. Getting started.
  5. I will never make this deadline.
  6. I must change my name and start a new life in Genovia.
  7. Work, work, work, work, work
  8. I might actually make it.
  9. That was easy!

Repeat.

(I am currently at Stage 8.)

grammargirl,
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@RenkeSiems Good luck, Alex. You can do it! ;)

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Question, how do you pluralise "faux pas"? It already has an "s" on the "pas" (but "faux pases" is clearly wrong, as it "faux pas's") and if it's meant to be the "faux" that's the plural bit, I'm not sure how that works with the "x"?
(Maybe @grammargirl knows?)

grammargirl,
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@Barbramon1 @dheadshot Right! "Faux pas" is both the singular and the plural.

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