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Mignon Fogarty (Grammar Girl)
Works at University of Nevada, Reno
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My favorite story isn't true.
 
Where do we get the phrase "mind your p's and q's"?
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In the days when they had to set the type in rows, the type was made of individual letters of molded lead. The type setter would pull the individual characters from a drawer full of all the letters of one font/size. The drawer was divided into individual boxes for each letter. The box for e's being the largest. Because all of the letters were backwards, new type setters were reminded to watch their p's and q's.
That's what I was told in shop class, 53 years ago, when we were taught to set type and print.
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I don't completely fit the profile, but I'm close.
 
Are You a Grammar Nerd? See the Full Profile. via +Grammarly.com 
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There may be a parallel here somewhere.
One of my most favorite leisure activities was playing pinball.
The condition of the machine was only second to the enjoyment of playing.
I loved it so much, I became a gaming machine service technician.
This way I could make sure every part of the game functioned at 100%
I still loved playing the machines I maintained.
However, now for the drawback.
What I used to enjoy and love so deeply, I began to hate.
Trying to play any unkempt machine was pure torture now.
I would imagine the same thing applies to grammar nerds.
Once enjoyable stories are now nit picked to death, till no pleasure is left in enjoying the story for the stories sake.
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We know language changes—we don't say thee and thou anymore—but have you ever wondered why? Often, it's not clear, but there's a particularly satisfying answer when it comes to these two pronouns.
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Because they took the Bible out of schools. I remember my 2nd grade teacher she taught us to say, thee n thou and some of us made fun, and guess what Miss Wood took her ruler out and wore our butts out . There wasn't no time out or go to the Principles office or I'm calling your mama. LOL No sir she was Miss (TCB) and believe me you she did. 
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5 Beloved Children's Book Authors Share Their Favorite Novels 

What are yours?
Warning: These picks may provoke under-the-covers-with-a-flashlight reading.
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At 55, I am still reading the Narnia stories!
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You can vote for your favorite podcasts (ahem, Grammar Girl, cough, Grammar Girl) every day until March 24. http://podcastawards.com
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Is she single?
Harry
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+Doreen Hill Here's an article on "used to." You're right that it doesn't make sense if you try to use the meaning of "used" and "to." But that's just how English works. Often these kinds of phrases are called idioms. http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/used-to-versus-use-to-and-other-listener-questions
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Grammar Girl has been nominated for Best Ideas & Education Podcast in the Academy of Podcasters Awards! I'm thrilled to be included in such a fabulous group of nominees. 

http://academyofpodcasters.com/nominees/

If you haven't checked out the Grammar Girl podcast, now is a good time. 
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Congratulations and well-deserved
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I talked about semicolons, my favorite books, and my new job as a professor.
Mignon Fogarty is the creator of Grammar Girl and the founder and managing director of the educational podcast entitled Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing, which promotes the pr...
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I hadn't heard about the new position! Congratulations! Ping me if you want any tips on getting those incoming students interested in their own education. 
FWIW, I use your posts to get them interested in grammar. 
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General Podcast Discussion  - 
 
At NMX, I talked about making a short video version of your podcast for Instagram, and I finally got around to trying it myself. Here's my first attempt! I started with a short audio clip that I had made for Clammr.

What do you think? Besides putting better instructions at the end for finding the podcast in case people embed the video, how can I make it better? Do you think you might try it?
“English words that come from Spanish--an excerpt of Grammar Girl podcast 465. Click the link in the bio to hear the whole show. #podcast #english…”
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Those cards are nice, +Neil T! Thanks for the tip.

I also thought of another thing I'll want to change. These should have a different image at the beginning for each video so that when people visit my Instagram page, they don't see a sea of identical logos. Each clip should have a different cover. 
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+Writer's Digest named Grammar Girl one of its 101 Best Websites for Writers! It's such a great feeling to be honored by people in your own field.
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Congratulations! I am so happy for you.
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You can vote every day between now and March 24, and I appreciate your vote for Grammar Girl in the Education category! http://podcastawards.com 
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Grammar Girl is nominated for Best Education Podcast!

Now you can vote once a day until 3/24. Please vote; I appreciate the support! http://podcastawards.com 
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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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    English
  • Stanford University
    Biology
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