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725 - Interviewing, Story Structure, and Writing Tools with Jonathan Small

If you've ever been nervous before interviewing someone, struggled to write a good lede, or just want to get some tips on handy tools for writers, this interview with Jonathan Small is for you.

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724 - Why Esperanto Is an Amazing Language. 'Fall' or 'Autumn'?

Created on purpose and easy to learn, Esperanto will amaze you. Once you learn the origin of "fall," you'll look at trees in a whole new way.

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723 - Grammar Girl #723. Tips for Fact Checking. Why We Use the Term 'Watershed Moment.'

Learn from our fact checking tips that come from years of experience. Also, we answer a listener question about why we call something a "watershed moment."

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722 - 'Math' or 'Maths'? Irregular Verbs.

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. 

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721 - Verbing Nouns. 'It Is I' or 'It Is Me'?

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."

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720 - Getting Your Tricky Conditionals Right. Wheelhouse.

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." 

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719 - Why 'Literally' Doesn't Mean 'Literally' Anymore. Video Games for Language Learning.

If you hate how people misuse words like "literally" and "awesome," at least you can learn that there's a name for that kind of misuse: semantic bleaching. Also, have you ever considered using World of Warcraft or Final Fantasy XIV to learn a language? Research says maybe you should!

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718 - Writing Scripts and Speeches. Ask and Aks.

Writing for speech is different from writing for print. The "aks" pronunciation for "ask" has a nearly 1000-year history.

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717 - Words that Sound Funny

Use these tricks to get a laugh.

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716 - What's Up With Words That Are Spelled the Same but Sound Different?

SUS-pect and sus-PECT. IN-valid and in-VALID. English is filled with words that are spelled the same but sound different. We dug in and found a few interesting reasons.

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715 - POV. Plus 'Tinderella,' 'phubbing,' and more words at the intersection of relationships and technology.

We rock. You rock. They rock. Understanding point of view in fiction. "Tinderella," "phubbing," and more words at the intersection of relationships and technology.

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714 - Eponyms: Cardigan, Dunce, Quisling, and More.

Some words get their names from people, and when they do, the stories are usually fascinating.

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