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Mignon Fogarty (Grammar Girl)
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People on my feeds were delighted last night when Joe Biden used the word "malarkey."
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I don't think you're allowed to use that word unless you have white or gray hair. ;)
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"Affect" of "Effect"? Here's the quick tip I've been giving in talks for years. If you want more, the article has all the details and exceptions.
When to use "affect" or "effect" is the most common question I get asked. Here is an expanded episode.
I get asked whether to use affect or effect all the time, and it is by far the most requested grammar topic, so I have a few memory tricks to help you remember. What Is the Difference Between 'Affect' and 'Effect'? Before we get to the memory trick though, I want to explain
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+Jim Philips I've run into that problem myself trying to explain the exceptions to colleagues a few times, Jim. I've edited a lot of medical and pharmaceutical writing during my career, and the tricks don't really work in those instances. But you'll see Mignon has several pages to her article that deal with each exception.

You'll still get stares from other editors if you pause and ask if you're using the correct version, but it's usually because they have very little experience with the exceptions.
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I have an article about Snapchat on MediaShift today!
Snapchat is no longer just a private messaging tool for kids. Snapchat is a news platform, and it’s a platform for more than just the 20 media companies with precious spots in Discover, Snapchat’s dedicated professional media channel. Media companies big and small are using the Snapchat Stories feature, which allows you to create longer videos by piecing …
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It won't be historic, but I still appreciate your vote for Grammar Girl in the Education category at the Podcast Awards:!
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'Principal' or 'Principle': There's a lot more to it than "The principal is your pal."
Today we’re going to recall that the principal is indeed your “pal,” but we’ll also see that a principal can be so much more. In this episode we’ll talk about the various ways to use “principle”—that’s “p-l-e”—and “princ
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General Podcast Discussion  - 
So, podcasting on YouTube. I've looked through old posts, but haven't found a comprehensive thread with a lot of people weighing on on whether it's worth the time. Do you put your audio podcasts on YouTube? If so, what kind of visuals do you add? Do you feel like it's worth your time? Have you done it and then given up for some reason? What are the best practices? Thanks!
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+Mignon Fogarty Perhaps your content might lend itself to some form of dynamic text or typography illustrating key points. That should hold viewers attention for a few minutes.
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It’s Cheaper to Cruise for a Year Than Live in These Cities
(This reminds me of a story a few years ago about how it was cheaper to live on a cruise ship than in a retirement home.)
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How authors use Reddit to promote their books
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The e-book of my NYT bestseller is on sale for $2.99. Get it while it's cheap! Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips:

(I'm not certain, but it's probably only that price in the US stores.)
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Please Stop: Avoid the 3 Snapchat sins I see far too often (even from professional news organizations)
Snapchat is booming and news companies are taking phones into the world and making Snap stories — great stories, but also unwatchable and…
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"Principal" or "Principle": There's a lot more to it than "The principal is your pal."
Today we’re going to recall that the principal is indeed your “pal,” but we’ll also see that a principal can be so much more. In this episode we’ll talk about the various ways to use “principle”—that’s “p-l-e”—and “princ
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Did you know that old-time cuffs (and collars) were detachable?
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    Donald W. Reynolds Chair of Media Entrepreneurship in the Reynolds School of Journalism
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    Founder, 2007 - present
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I'm Grammar Girl and so much more.
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Founder of the Quick and Dirty Tips network, creator and host of the Grammar Girl podcast. Since they call this section "bragging rights," I'll mention that I was once a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show, my first book was a New York Times bestseller, and my audiobook was nominated for an Audie award. My book "Grammar Girl Presents the Ultimate Writing Guide for Students" was named to the International Reading Association’s 2012 Teachers’ Choice book list.
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  • Stanford University
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