Apostrophes? Who Needs ‘Em!: A talk about apostrophes used and misused, the problems with possessives, and the all-too-common “greengrocer’s apostrophe”
Fun with Plurals!: What we get wrong when we try to use Latin plurals, the rules of English plurals, pluralizing compound words… Look out, our opinions on plurals are like a charging herd of rhinocerotes!
Pretentious Confusables: Based on the many responses to our CNBC article, it’s a further examination of those times you try hard to sound oh-so-clever, but use the wrong word in the process. (9/3/21)
Fun with Contranyms, part 1 and part 2: A look at contronyms (aka antagonyms, enantiosemy, or Janus words) words that look exactly alike but have two completely opposite meanings, & some other -nyms as well! (8/6//21, 8/20/21)
We’re Flat Fine With These Adverbs: Think fast! Drive safe! Who needs that pesky -ly ending? Let’s talk flat adverbs, those adverbs that look like adjectives but are, well, adverbs./You’re Saying it Wrong podcast (6/25/21)
It’s The Wild West Out Here!: Why we don’t talk that much about “The Rules” of English. Spoiler: THERE AREN’T ANY! (Ok, we’re kidding, there are some.)/You’re Saying it Wrong podcast (6/11/21)
Mailbag Day! Or, We Lay Waste (to) The English Language : The lie/lay dilemma, and other listener questions/You’re Saying it Wrong podcast (5/28/21)
A Return To Blipover Words: Words we sometimes use without really knowing what they mean, or words we see that we just kind of skim past because we aren’t totally sure what they mean/You’re Saying it Wrong podcast (5/14/21)
Taking Selfies:A discussion about the very popular reflexive pronoun “myself” (and its corresponding partners)/ You’re Saying it Wrong podcast (4/30/21)
We Are Loath (Loathe?) To Confuse These Words: And even more commonly confused words, this time beginning with letters L and M/You’re Saying It Wrong podcast (4/16/21)
To Me or Not To Me: I vs. Me, Her & Him vs. She & He, Them vs. They: A look at pronouns, when to use “I” instead of “me” and vice versa/ You’re Saying it Wrong podcast (4/9/21)
We’re Incredulous That These Words Are Confused: More commonly confused words/ You’re Saying It Wrong podcast (4/2/21)
Who vs. Whom: When and why to use “whom” instead of “who”
A Word Or Two About Portmanteaus: Talk about portmanteau words (two words that are “smushed” together to form a new word) /You’re Saying It Wrong podcast (3/19/21)
sibling language experts Kathryn and Ross Petras on whether the way we talk has changed since Biden took office – Leonard Lopate at Large/WBAI Radio , New York
Desultory: Its strange gymnastic roots, or what leaping ancient Roman circus performers have to do with modern unenthusiastic adjectives.
Capricious: The etymological battle between Team Hedgehog and Team Goat
Tossing Words Around Willy-Nilly (from the Oxford comma to nihilism) – You’re Saying It Wrong podcast
All right/Alright: Is alright, er, all right?
sibling language experts Kathryn and Ross Petras on the new language COVID-19 has created – Leonard Lopate at Large/WBAI Radio , New York
Champ at the bit: Move over, popular yet incorrect chomp! A look at the commonly used (but wrong) phrase “chomp at the bit.
Nonplussed: In which we are perplexed by the misuse of a literally perplexing word