#68: You Are the Oprah of Bulleted Lists
October 16, 2017

#68: You Are the Oprah of Bulleted Lists

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 • W...
#68: Deer Whom It May Concern,
October 2, 2017

#68: Deer Whom It May Concern,

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!...
#67: It’s Almost Pear Season
September 18, 2017

#67: It’s Almost Pear Season

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 probab...
#66: I Work Where Jack Bauer Works
September 4, 2017

#66: I Work Where Jack Bauer Works

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 fak...
#65: You Do You, Cooter Brown
August 21, 2017

#65: You Do You, Cooter Brown

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 imp...
#64: Tickle Away Your Polio
August 7, 2017

#64: Tickle Away Your Polio

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 laug...
#63: You Think You’re a Bunch of Lindas?
July 24, 2017

#63: You Think You’re a Bunch of Lindas?

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 "to...
#62: Xennials: Mixtapes, Dial-Up and Call Waiting
July 10, 2017

#62: Xennials: Mixtapes, Dial-Up and Call Waiting

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...
#61: Tilde Swinton
June 26, 2017

#61: Tilde Swinton

Listener emails! Tildes are sarcastic. Is Frances a man or woman? An update from Anna, the boner photographer. And more!
#60: You Always Ignore Me When I’m in That Chair
June 12, 2017

#60: You Always Ignore Me When I’m in That Chair

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, ...
#59: Lie (NOT Lay) Down Sally
June 5, 2017

#59: Lie (NOT Lay) Down Sally

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 emai...
#58: Grief Bacon
May 22, 2017

#58: Grief Bacon

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 ...
#57: Buzz, Your Girlfriend
May 8, 2017

#57: Buzz, Your Girlfriend

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...
#56: Are We on iTunes?
April 24, 2017

#56: Are We on iTunes?

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 dre...
#55: When They Lowercased Internet the Room Went Wild
April 10, 2017

#55: When They Lowercased Internet the Room Went Wild

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 f...
#54: You Don’t Like Ampersands? (Take 2)
April 3, 2017

#54: You Don’t Like Ampersands? (Take 2)

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...
#53: I Just Ideated
March 27, 2017

#53: I Just Ideated

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 trac...
#52: Two People Like Brian!
March 20, 2017

#52: Two People Like Brian!

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 ...
#51: Call Your Mom! It’s Our 51st Episode.
March 13, 2017

#51: Call Your Mom! It’s Our 51st Episode.

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 B...
#50: You Don’t Want Her to Piss on Elsa?
March 6, 2017

#50: You Don’t Want Her to Piss on Elsa?

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 o...
#49: Guys, I’m Not Italian
February 27, 2017

#49: Guys, I’m Not Italian

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 hav...
#48: I Know What Habeas Corpus Means
February 20, 2017

#48: I Know What Habeas Corpus Means

Up your protest-sign game. We delve into the proper definitions of political terms and explain the difference between alternate facts and alternative facts.
#47: Can’t Slow Us Down, Mom
February 13, 2017

#47: Can’t Slow Us Down, Mom

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 ...
#46: The Millennial on This Show is Obsessed With Baba Vanga
February 6, 2017

#46: The Millennial on This Show is Obsessed With Baba Vanga

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...
#45: I Am a Woman With a Song Inside Her
January 30, 2017

#45: I Am a Woman With a Song Inside Her

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. Plu...
#44: Obama Is a Double-Spacer
January 23, 2017

#44: Obama Is a Double-Spacer

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...
#43: “Potential Misunderstanding About Our Dog”
January 16, 2017

#43: “Potential Misunderstanding About Our Dog”

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 (...
#42: There’s Nothing Linda Won’t Bullet
January 9, 2017

#42: There’s Nothing Linda Won’t Bullet

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 ...
#41: John Lithgow Is a Gem
January 2, 2017

#41: John Lithgow Is a Gem

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 ove...
#40: We’ll Explain Who Meatloaf Is to You Later
December 26, 2016

#40: We’ll Explain Who Meatloaf Is to You Later

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...
#39: No Periods, All Exclamation Points, Occasional Question Marks
December 19, 2016

#39: No Periods, All Exclamation Points, Occasional Question Marks

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 tho...
#38: Ladies Be Second Class Citizen-ing
December 12, 2016

#38: Ladies Be Second Class Citizen-ing

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 h...
#37: It Was Al-Gore-Together Horrible
December 5, 2016

#37: It Was Al-Gore-Together Horrible

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 an...
#36: Half the Pressure, Twice the Speed
November 28, 2016

#36: Half the Pressure, Twice the Speed

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...
#35: [Rebroadcast] Comma Comma Chameel-eee-onnn
November 21, 2016

#35: [Rebroadcast] Comma Comma Chameel-eee-onnn

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 se...
#34: Bye Bye Grammar
November 14, 2016

#34: Bye Bye Grammar

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 lear...
#33: I Never Mind When You Misspell Nevermind
November 7, 2016

#33: I Never Mind When You Misspell Nevermind

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 busines...
#32: Snails! It’s Bill Walsh.
October 31, 2016

#32: Snails! It’s Bill Walsh.

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...
#31: What Did Ja Rule Teach Us About Down-Ass Comforters?
October 24, 2016

#31: What Did Ja Rule Teach Us About Down-Ass Comforters?

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 O...
#30: Why Do We Love to Curse So Much?
October 17, 2016

#30: Why Do We Love to Curse So Much?

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 wh...
#29: As God As My Witness I Will Never Capitalize a Job Title
October 10, 2016

#29: As God As My Witness I Will Never Capitalize a Job Title

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.
#28: How Have We Gone 28 Episodes Without Talking About Morgan’s Back Brace?
October 3, 2016

#28: How Have We Gone 28 Episodes Without Talking About Morgan’s Back Brace?

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? Reg...
#27: It’s a 90s Podcast About Email Sign-Offs
September 26, 2016

#27: It’s a 90s Podcast About Email Sign-Offs

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...
#26: Only Dolly Parton Can Prevent Cryptomnesia
September 19, 2016

#26: Only Dolly Parton Can Prevent Cryptomnesia

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 w...
#25: You Can’t Waste an “Everything” on a Paid Promotion
September 12, 2016

#25: You Can’t Waste an “Everything” on a Paid Promotion

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...
#24: Here’s You A Live Show!
September 5, 2016

#24: Here’s You A Live Show!

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 ...
#23: Next Thing You Know They’re Gonna Say Movies Aren’t the Same as the Books
August 29, 2016

#23: Next Thing You Know They’re Gonna Say Movies Aren’t the Same as the Books

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 perio...
#22: In Case You Didn’t Know, We’re International Superstars
August 22, 2016

#22: In Case You Didn’t Know, We’re International Superstars

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.     ...
#21: Be Wary (Not Weary) of 8.4% ABV Beers
August 15, 2016

#21: Be Wary (Not Weary) of 8.4% ABV Beers

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 Di...
#20: Um, Filler Words Are Helpful
August 8, 2016

#20: Um, Filler Words Are Helpful

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...
#19: “Friends” Is the “Golden Girls” for Millennials
August 1, 2016

#19: “Friends” Is the “Golden Girls” for Millennials

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...
#18: Celebrities Are the One-Worders of Our World
July 25, 2016

#18: Celebrities Are the One-Worders of Our World

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, e...
#17: Leverage Me A Beer, Please
July 18, 2016

#17: Leverage Me A Beer, Please

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...
#16: Real Adults Use Periods
July 11, 2016

#16: Real Adults Use Periods

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.
#15: Drink Drank Drunk Is EVERYTHING
July 4, 2016

#15: Drink Drank Drunk Is EVERYTHING

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 w...
#14.5: Is There Any Better Feeling Than Spotting A Properly Used En-Dash In The Wild? (Pt. 2)
June 30, 2016

#14.5: Is There Any Better Feeling Than Spotting A Properly Used En-Dash In The Wild? (Pt. 2)

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!
#14: Is There Any Better Feeling Than Spotting A Properly Used En Dash In The Wild? (Pt. 1)
June 27, 2016

#14: Is There Any Better Feeling Than Spotting A Properly Used En Dash In The Wild? (Pt. 1)

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 BuzzFee...
#13: The Teens At Nordstrom Rack Are Doing It
June 19, 2016

#13: The Teens At Nordstrom Rack Are Doing It

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 Te...
#12: Shouldn’t Mainstream Media Be Concerned With Grammar?
June 13, 2016

#12: Shouldn’t Mainstream Media Be Concerned With Grammar?

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.
#11: Why Is It There If You Can’t Use It
June 5, 2016

#11: Why Is It There If You Can’t Use It

• 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 bat...
#10: It’s Like Listening To Strangers
May 29, 2016

#10: It’s Like Listening To Strangers

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 chocol...
#9: Adult Millennials
May 22, 2016

#9: Adult Millennials

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 hear...
#8: If You Do It Correctly, Everyone’s Going To Hate You
May 16, 2016

#8: If You Do It Correctly, Everyone’s Going To Hate You

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 lette...
#7: The Oxford Dictionary F’ing Hates Women
May 8, 2016

#7: The Oxford Dictionary F’ing Hates Women

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”...
#6: BuzzFeed Is Worth Billions of Dollars Because They Invented Lists
May 1, 2016

#6: BuzzFeed Is Worth Billions of Dollars Because They Invented Lists

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!
#5: 21% of People Surveyed Dislike Peace
April 25, 2016

#5: 21% of People Surveyed Dislike Peace

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?
#4: Then We All Just Start To Talk Like Trash Bags
April 18, 2016

#4: Then We All Just Start To Talk Like Trash Bags

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.
#3: Comma Comma Chameel-eee-onnn
April 11, 2016

#3: Comma Comma Chameel-eee-onnn

Morgan talks about Instagram, again. Linda takes a stand for the serial comma. Brian is officially relegated to Coco status.
#2: The Fancy Man In The Kitchen
April 5, 2016

#2: The Fancy Man In The Kitchen

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...
#1: Hannah Joffrey Whoever
April 3, 2016

#1: Hannah Joffrey Whoever

Morgan and Linda wax poetic on rampant Instagram misquotes, Mormons on Pinterest, fact checking, incorrect quotes quiz and vocal fry aplenty. Drink up.
Unlocking Campus Lockdown
April 2, 2016

Unlocking Campus Lockdown

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 kep...