December 11, 2017
Brian is ruining the podcast and Morgan is in a German immersion program. We throw out our best guesses for "Word of the Year" and reflect on how naive we were just a year ago. The Economist asks, "r the kidz ruining writing?" (no) and have no fear, the NSA is verrrrry busy with important grammar issues so our country is totally safe from any kind of threat.
November 27, 2017
On this episode: Linda helps a listener out by distinguishing formal job titles from stupid job titles. Morgan moonlights as a Dr., but not in the Jill Biden way and we finally find out, “What is Coco thinking???” After a deep dive into Twitter exclamation points we talk about the latest hot jam, ‘Take a […]
November 13, 2017
It's holiday card season, and that means one thing: We find out that all our friends and family members don't know how to write their own names. NO APOSTROPHES. There is no such thing as a lawyer dog, but for some reason, police officers thought that's what a man was requesting when he said, "Get me a lawyer, dog." Guess who the judge sided with? We love BuzzFeed's Quibbles & Bits newsletter, and you will too. The most recent email delves into mental health terms we should eliminate from our writing (and everyday conversations). Also, Pittsburgh scares children with a creepy rendition of Noah's Ark. Neat episode!
October 30, 2017
We record on Friday the 13th and things get spooky, so don't clip your nails! We take a long, disturbing look at what Facebook considers hate speech while taking even longer looks at celeb butts on Instagram. We also learn that you could read thousands of books if you stopped being an online troll and that Brian was once literally white bread. Lastly, Morgan doesn't help nerds and Linda collects her junk mail. Cool!
October 16, 2017
Were you a BSB, 98°, or N*SYNC fan? And how committed were you? In this ep we discuss:
• Linda's interest in a *current* TV show
• The newest words to make the cut at Merriam Webster AKA who's off the schneid
• Which words the U-S-A can't S-P-E-L-L
• And Linda's biggest passion in life — bullets!
October 2, 2017
On this episode: Looking for a new gig? This one’s for you. We break down annoying words and phrases to delete from your resume (no, we’re not doing the accents over resume); how to address a cover letter to—gasp!—a woman; and how to send a non-obnoxious follow-up note. Morgan’s advice: List all the important people […]
September 18, 2017
On this episode: A studio makeover throws us off our game, but we push through to discuss the emoji that’s the symbol of our time, the USC–UCLA fight over the spelling of Shakespeare (dorks) and the 10 things you probably don’t know about the English language. Links: The Thinking Face Emoji Is the Symbol […]
September 4, 2017
Did you know that once you go on the internet you're not nice anymore? We make this important discovery when talking about the over-correcting of online grammar. We also learn that both Morgan AND Linda have been tricked by fake news. Spoiler alert: no such thing as ocean crocodiles. Lastly, people think you're a full idiot if you :) in emails. Poor Smiley.
August 21, 2017
Hi to our new listeners! On this ep, we dive back into the Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE), discuss whether owls are solemn and stupid or wise lollipop lovers, and try not to throw up our boots. We also cover important grammar lessons as taught by Game of Thrones and discover that Coco is a "throner".
August 7, 2017
On this episode: I guess we can’t record too far in advance because our story about Anthony Scaramucci is now as relevant as your most clever and colorful AIM profile. Enjoy our mocking story anyway. Also, how do you laugh? Haha, he he, lol, ha, heh, HAHAHA. There’s something wrong with all of them. But […]
July 24, 2017
Welcome to our stupid Titanic podcast. On this episode we discuss sad lady stuff starting with, is the Old Grey Lady sexist? We defend uptalk (question mark implied) and dive deep into how Linda got so smart. Plus, proper "too" usage. Get into it!
July 10, 2017
Who is a bigger mixtape nerd: Brian, who crafted works of art for girls who didn't care, or Linda, who made an entire "My Heart Will Go On" cassette? They're both dorks, and they're both Xennials. New York Times reporters stand up for their copy editors because journalistic standards and accuracy. Female doctors aren't introduced with their "Doctor" title as much as male doctors. OMG SHOCKING. Shout-out to the Northwest Independent Editors Guild conference, which Morgan and Linda wish they could attend but can't because of their upcoming nuptials.
June 26, 2017
Listener emails! Tildes are sarcastic. Is Frances a man or woman? An update from Anna, the boner photographer. And more!
June 12, 2017
Brian moved his seat in the studio, got laser eye surgery and switched from a Mac to a PC. After marveling at these major changes, we answer a listener question about ellipses. Apparently all we care about are email sign-offs, so we feature yet another article on that topic. Please note that if Morgan sees "Please consider the environment" in your email signature, she prints it and burns it. Did you know that vowels affect word order? You do now, dong-ding. Also, Brian wrote only one paper in college. This explains a lot.
June 5, 2017
Remember the Tan Mom? We do. Anyway, guess who uses more semicolons: literary types or us normals. If you're about to get a dog, think long and hard about the name so your pup isn't a basic bitch (literally). Listener Anna emailed because every day she says, "Lie on the table." Is she a doctor, a masseuse, a butcher or a murder? We don't know, but we explain the lie vs. lay situation. Lastly, if you're in the bushes, you probably fell in drunkenly. If you're among them, you're at the Bush family ranch.
May 22, 2017
The tres drunk word nerds record on Cinco de Mayo and it's a margarita fueled bonanza. We cover the hilarity of the K sound, English words with Spanish roots, and foreign words we should adapt ASAP. Linda also teaches us about initialism vs acronyms vs blends vs acrostic poems.
May 8, 2017
After discussing musicals and Morgan's 7th-grade choir career (not impeded by her back brace), the team does a deep-dive into corporate robot language, per your constant requests for more workplace jargon coverage. And since we can't get enough of the singular they, we answer a listener email about pairing verbs with the non-binary pronoun. Lastly, we discover "doggo lingo." ("Discover" = we find out about it because NPR did a story of this years-long trend.)
April 24, 2017
We dive right into our recent switch to bi-weekly casts. Or is it bi-monthly? Everyone is STILL doing emails wrong. Did you know you're supposed to print them? Men need to step up and start saying sorry and Linda shares her dream of launching a citywide campaign on street etiquette. Lastly, we discuss who is the worst Vanderpump Rules cast member. Spoiler alert: it's Katie.
April 10, 2017
On this episode: The gang announces some format changes but don’t worry, it’s still an email podcast! We break down more stuff you shouldn’t be saying (typing) and get into the AP updates. Also, Morgan has a fascinating movie idea involving a fleet of vans and a 300-page grammar questionnaire and we learn that both […]
April 3, 2017
Morgan and Linda don't possess the brainpower required of daughters-in-law when they communicate with their in-laws. Terminology matters when it comes to healthcare plans, but mostly we debate if "healthcare" should be one word or two. Hot tip: Pick up five-year-old Edith Fuller for your fantasy spelling bee team. And finally, we delve into capitalization, quotation marks and italics when it comes to titles. Oh, and the reason Morgan isn't a ballerina today? Her back brace.
March 27, 2017
This is the second episode we recorded in one night, so temper your expectations. Morgan loathes business jargon, so never tell her that you're going to ideate how to architect a plan for decontenting. She also was never a track star because her coach wore Birkenstocks and left kids at Wendy's. On a related note, Americans and Brits use different sports terms. We home (not hone) in on the differences.
March 20, 2017
Abbreviations can be confusing: Is the BFD commissioner a big fucking deal commissioner or a Buffalo Fire Department commissioner? Or possibly both? Love is the most popular reaction on Facebook, but Brian and Linda cast doubt on the finding. We also share an unnecessary tip about flesh out vs. flush out.
March 13, 2017
It's our 51st episode, and we're talkin' emails. That's right—again. A study finally tells us which email sign-off is best. Thanks, science. We discuss four types of introversion and determine that Linda is all of them, and Brian is just a jerk. Etymology explains the reason salad and salt are kind of the same and why people with ovaries were once considered prone to hysteria. How times have changed...
March 6, 2017
Linda needs a baby bathrobe and she needs it now! In this episode, we cover the Nordic face off of hygge vs kalsarikannit. Also, we basically discuss filler words that you should cut out of your writing each and every time in order to utilize the very best words, actually. Do you care? Or could you NOT care less? Listen to find out!
February 27, 2017
On this episode: It’s a theme show! The DDD crew talks dictionary and are joined by a very special guest, Linda’s husband! We wax poetic about everybody’s favorite badass word curator, Merriam-Webster, and have a husband vs. wife word quiz battle royale. Linda makes Polish jokes and the gang roasts her husband for being Italian. […]
February 20, 2017
Up your protest-sign game. We delve into the proper definitions of political terms and explain the difference between alternate facts and alternative facts.
February 13, 2017
Join us as we look back on Jock Jams and internet speak that's past its prime. We cover enthralling topics like snake pregnancy. And whose style will reign supreme: US or UK? Find out if you're giving Realtors the respect they demand while listening to Coco mansplain. #blessed
February 6, 2017
On this episode: It’s Baba Vanga’s world. We’re all just living in it. Check out our new store! Show your word nerd pride and support your favorite podcast. Get all the goods at shop.drunkwordnerds.com.
January 30, 2017
Vacay, meh, fashionista and about 20 other words first uttered/recorded in 1992 are turning 25. Being "mom" is cool, so all DDD fans are MOMMMM. We break down historic vs. historical and explain what the heck a retronym is. Plus, Morgan addresses her childhood issues with bear hair and gender confusion (as in, people often mistook her for a boy).
January 23, 2017
Barack Obama is a double-spacer, so we're over him. Canadians say "eh" because they're the nicest versions of all of us. yet another popular podcast scams our stories, according to Morgan. It's cool because we love Hidden Brain and its recent episode about changing language. A Harvard linguist points out all the words you're using incorrectly so you can hone your language skills. Also, jello shots. (Or Jell-O shots, if you respect trademarks.)
January 16, 2017
Dan Gross from Elevated Nation joins the DDD gang to discuss dead animals, the business of cannibas, a lively real tweets/fake news debate, and words of the year. Dan drops some hot, very old Ramona Singer and Mel Gibson goss (separate stories). Email us for the pic. *wink* (Coco says you need to leave an iTunes review if you want to see the picture.)
January 9, 2017
Morgan's 2017 resolution: no more singing on the podcast. Can she make it? On this episode, we answer a chemistry Ph.D. student's question about bullet points, and probably let him down. Learn another language to increase your tolerance of ambiguity. A contranym is a word that is its own opposite. WHAT?! Also, we explain while vs. whilst and taste test wine gummies; enjoy our chewing.
January 2, 2017
On this episode: This week Linda gets in her time machine to the recent past (2016) to watch ONE EPISODE of a culturally relevant show. Morgan takes a stand on dads, Phish is corrupting our government, and the patriarchy is over! Plus, we call out hyper grammar correctors and decree the cool, new baby name […]
December 26, 2016
On this episode: The gang is joined in the studio by Morgan’s office mates after a booze-filled holiday work outing. That’s right, the DDD token millennial is in the studio and sharing her (overly confident) wisdom. We talk holiday cards, the year’s worst writing mistakes and the bane of Linda’s existence — unattributed quotes. Also, Linda […]
December 19, 2016
On this episode: Close proximity is redundant, but you’re always in close proximity to someone who’s saying “close proximity.” Morgan tries to teach Linda about the undertones of certain emojis, even though she just wants a landline. Since this time of year can be tough, we discuss the idea of using writing to get out […]
December 12, 2016
On this episode: Linda and Morgan carry on the tradition of pissing off their listeners by talking about irritating TV shows for too long. Whatever happened to the WB? We also praise the AP for calling out racist language and harsh on female sommeliers. Links: Why Is the Second G in Gilmore Girls […]
December 5, 2016
The DDD crew records the night before Thanksgiving, in honor of all the turkeys that pass away. With gratitude in their hearts and slurring on their lips, they talk about "altogether" versus "all together," terrible spelling and grammar among racists (plus why we might want to ignore it) and names for the toilet. In one word, classy.
November 28, 2016
Mary Norris, the comma queen, calls in to talk beer and pencils with the DDD gang. She also introduces us to the seedy Twitter underbelly of double spacers and answers a listener question about ellipses...
November 21, 2016
The Drunk Word Nerds took a break from recording last week because everyone was too sad to laugh about grammar (sorry). But here's a classic episode from our vaults. We discuss all things comma, including Linda's love of the serial comma — perfectly timed to get you pumped for next week's all-new episode when the Comma Queen, Mary Norris, joins the gang for a chat.
November 14, 2016
The DDD crew has new intro music and it has us on our beanwater! There is a war on grammar AKA a war on mad old dudes and the battleground is the singular they. Morgan and Linda terribly predict the future of America while learning when to use woman vs when to use female. Linda weighs in on stuffy grammar rules and we outlaw apostrophes!
November 7, 2016
Bombshell: It's "never mind," not "nevermind." Sorry, Kurt Cobain. RIP. Someone else wrote about email sign-offs because we haven't been through enough. At least she claims a winner (and 26 losers). We translate British business speak, and then decide it would be best to keep English-speaking immigrants out of our country. An
October 31, 2016
Legendary copy editor Bill Walsh of Washington Post fame joins the DDD crew to share a very important message: Do not use apostrophes to pluralize your family name on holiday cards. (Morgan declares war on Christmas.) Also, old-fashioned curse words are weird. Dad-sizzle it! Do you know what a group of cats is called? Clowder. Weird.
October 24, 2016
Yet another reason we are just like killer whales: menopause. They go past Janet Jackson age to Bea Arthur territory. I am drunk, but Morgan is drunker than _____. There are three correct ways to end that sentence, but one is Oxfordish, or douchey. Fall brings on down-ass comforter season, Ja Rule's favorite time of year. Bless your heart, y'all, fixin' to, ugly as homemade sin. Thanks for your lovely sayings, the South.
October 17, 2016
On this episode: Science says swearing is cool, so get the fuck over it. It’s like wearing pants to the grocery store, or something. We dislike workplace jargon because WE DON’T GET IT. Linda can’t remember what “on my beanwater” means, probably because of all the beers. Our latest iTunes review came in the form […]
October 10, 2016
Executive VP and founder of Major League Ultimate Nic Darling tests our sports language knowledge and delves into MLU's style guide. Plus we talk about punctuation placement when quotation marks are involved.
October 3, 2016
Linda addresses the "eponymous" mistake from episode 25 in order to alleviate her insomnia. The Oxford Dictionaries Online adds some new words, including wine o'clock and beer o'clock. Do you know what a "mickey of gin" is? Regions have come up with their own drinking terms, apparently. People love or love to hate the serial comma. JUST BE CONSISTENT. Most importantly, dolphins are having conversations.
September 26, 2016
The crew addresses some recent listener critiques (ignore Linda's sobbing). The OED adds "jagoff" to the dictionary, but they're still jagoffs. We're on our beanwater as we discuss regional slang terms on the cusp of extinction. "Biweekly" and "bimonthly" can mean the same thing because English makes no sense. Morgan and Linda complement each other, and sometimes even compliment each other. And we're still searching for a solid email sign-off.
September 19, 2016
Dolly Parton is an expert on accidental plagiarism — and on being a human. Listener/new friend Allison brings up the placement of "only" and the insulting inclusion of "actually" in otherwise pleasant sentences. We find out what the word "eggcorn" means, and then we ridicule people who use them.
September 12, 2016
After discussing Morgan's bad day, the crew discusses the Anne of Green Gables adaptation coming to Netflix (and other ones Netflix should explore), the ill-fated act of trashing your employer online and the real definitions of the big words we use to sound smart.
September 5, 2016
It's our live show! In front of a live bar audience, we make fun of the way people in various regions talk, shame people who use "I hope you're well" in emails, repeatedly say the word "moist" when discussing word aversion and delve into the effectiveness of gifs on Tinder. Linda apologizes for her obnoxious nervous laugh. Thanks, Philadelphia Podcast Festival.
August 29, 2016
Morgan talks smack on killer whales, lawyers can't call people "honey" in court anymore (how is this still happening?), the ladies defend listening to audiobooks again (with expert proof this time) and BuzzFeed eliminates periods in US/makes Linda cry. Plus, Coco takes a quiz to find out if he's a grammar snob and discovers he's terrible at taking simple internet q
August 22, 2016
On this episode: WE’RE DRINKING FROSÉ. And we welcome beer and food writer Amy Strauss to discuss sexism in Olympics media coverage, style guides, cocktail and food capitalization and Wawa mashed potatoes. Links: The Media’s Olympics Coverage Reminds Us Just How Taxing It Is to Be a Female Athlete, New York Magazine’s The […]
August 15, 2016
We finally answer the listener question that we ignored last episode: Why does The New York Times use Ms. Trump, but Mrs. Obama? We get to the bottom of it (read: we guess). Back in episode #7, we declared the Oxford English Dictionary sexist. Guess who's starring in the film about its creation. Linda tries to steal Morgan's idea about audio books. And for good measure, a grammar lesson: weary vs. wary.
August 8, 2016
Um, like, so. Morgan, Linda and Brian discuss reviled speech-fillers while inadvertently using them every four seconds. Anytime vs. any time: Do you know the difference? The story behind the semicolon tattoo makes us misty. And the gang gets so distracted by their own rambling sidebars that they forget to answer a listener question. Next time.
August 1, 2016
When Coco's away, the ladies will veer off topic and make too much noise while opening their beers. They ramble about situational code-switching (text speak vs. formal language), parentheses and brackets and the removal of "man" from Marine Corps titles. God bless America, and feel better, Brian.
July 25, 2016
Let's reclaim the beach read! The ladies and Meredith Blake of The New Yorker think the term gets a bad rap. Morgan finally proves to Brian that Mormons love Pinterest (through a depressing news story). Kids need handwriting, even in this Pokémon world. Linda breaks down "all right" vs. "alright." Sorry, Matthew McConaughey and everyone. We blame celebs.
July 18, 2016
Do you know how to use "myself," or are you a Bachelor/Bachelorette-style abuser? Corporate lingo makes us sad—and angry about unused vacation, for whatever reason. Grammar matters when you're applying for a job, but not when you're writing a review for your favorite podcast. Morgan talks about mediocre boxed wine for about 30 seconds too long. Also, what's Nelly up to?
July 11, 2016
IS THE PERIOD DYING?! The New York Times and a real-life millennial weigh in. In honor of the season, we judge the lyrics of popular wedding songs. Also, Morgan experiments with mixing two bad beers.
July 4, 2016
East Coast humid hot means that the ladies are cooling off with rosé. The New York Times makes it official: "Everything" is a thing. (Duh.) Would you vote for the new word "soo" to mean very or extremely? The ladies and Coco weigh in on Deadspin's Hannah Keyser's proposal. And Linda declares her love for America. Sorry, Canadian and British listeners.
June 30, 2016
We're back with part two of our interview with copy chief Emmy Favilla and style editor Julie Gerstein from BuzzFeed. Listen as Julie and Emmy bare all in our Lightnin' Round!
June 27, 2016
Part one of our interview with copy chief Emmy Favilla and style editor Julie Gerstein from BuzzFeed. We gush over dashes; learn about BuzzFeed's new word nerd newsletter; dissect BuzzFeed's style guide; and discuss how BuzzFeed tackles feminism, one meme at a time.
June 19, 2016
We announce some big guests joining us next week. Linda drinks and discusses JAWN. Christian Lorentzen hates adverbs and you should, too. Every day, WTF? (Listener Lisa shows off). Germans make up cool words and want to slap Ted Cruz’s face.
June 13, 2016
People are STILL outraged about the double space after period;
Tackling addicting vs addictive;
We discuss the annoying misuse of “literally”, literally;
Stop with the car accidents and call it what it is — a crash.
June 5, 2016
• Drinking Whispering Angel—the podcaster’s choice
• Scripps Spelling Bee is the sporting event of the year
• Time magazine can't spell
• Forget Adult Millennials, we’re the Oregon Trail Generation
• The battle of Who vs Whom and Who’s vs Whose
May 29, 2016
Obama gives design approval for the Peace Corps logo and other amazing Executive Orders, the world’s foremost grammar expert loses sleep over comma splices, we help a listener spell her fake words, James Beard rebrands chocolate cake, former company names guessing game, perfect sexy handwriting, XOXO does not mean hugs and kisses.
May 22, 2016
NYT contributor says beginning your sentences with "I feel like" is weak. The gang feels like that point is up for debate. Plus: updates from the Weather Service, how to speak Apple, Tilikum is #2, but always #1 in Linda's heart, and more.
May 16, 2016
The studio is run amok! DDD friend Caroline Bean fills in for Linda while on vacation and Coco makes his triumphant return to the mic (…but will it last?).
Also: Loyal listener, Mary Frances, gets help with her cover letter woes. The controversy surrounding the “double space after period” revelation from Episode 2 still frustrates and bewilders. Weird Words game and more.
May 8, 2016
Morgan and Linda go a little past the sweet spot on this episode. We learn about the inherent sexism in the Oxford Dictionary, and surprise surprise, gender bias is everywhere in journalism. Also Linda says “world record”—a lot.
May 1, 2016
Morgan and Linda help out “Charles from Chattanooga” who is too wordy in his emails. We know you are all guilty of email wordiness like Charles. So listen up and learn. Possibly our most helpful episode yet!
April 25, 2016
Linda got a new job—and a new style guide. But what will everyone think of her out of office emails? And on that note, what is the proper email sign-off you should use?
April 18, 2016
Linda and Morgan learn that Honest Abe didn’t dumb down his campaign speeches, but Trump sure does. Morgan lays into Shiloh Jolie Pitt. We find out that Linda makes dinner reservations in a Southern accent—weird, I know.
April 11, 2016
Morgan talks about Instagram, again. Linda takes a stand for the serial comma. Brian is officially relegated to Coco status.
April 5, 2016
Linda and Morgan go deep on naming beers, impassioned pleas for the em dash, double spaces after periods, and grammar lessons from The Bachelor. Linda professes her love for Post copy editor Bill Walsh and the gang is unsure if Brian will become the next Coco.
April 3, 2016
Morgan and Linda wax poetic on rampant Instagram misquotes, Mormons on Pinterest, fact checking, incorrect quotes quiz and vocal fry aplenty. Drink up.
April 2, 2016
Active shooter emergencies are a reality on today's campuses. On this first episode of Unlocked, we take a look at what can go wrong during these emergencies and what can be done to make sure students, staff and faculty are kept safe. Learn about the different lockdown procedures and protocols, and why every campus needs to have a good emergency preparedness plan in place.