#73: It’s Always Cuffing Season When I’m Wearing Pants

DDD #73

On this episode:
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.

 

 



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#72: I’m Not Having an Australian Tell Me How to Speak English

DDD #72

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 Knee, My Ass (I’m Racist)’. Lastly, um, uh, huh? Byeeeeee!

 

 



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#71: Stay Tuned Lawyer Dogs

DDD #71

On this episode:
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!

 

 

Links:
The suspect told police ‘give me a lawyer dog.’ The court says he wasn’t asking for a lawyer, The Washington Post


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#70: John Stamos Is a Bot. Spread It.

DDD #70

On this episode:
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! 

 

 

Links:
20 Email Subject Lines That Will Get Opened Every Time, Grammarly
This Is How Many Books You Could Read in a Single Year If You Stayed Off Social Media, Travel + Leisure
What Does Facebook Consider Hate Speech?, The New York Times


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#69: You Are the Oprah of Bulleted Lists

DDD #69

On this episode:
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! 

 

 

Links:
Welcome to the New Words, Merriam-Webster
Misspellings, Mapped: America The How-Do-You-Spell-Beautiful?, NPR
How to Make Bullet Points Compelling, Not Compulsory, Grammarly


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#68: Deer Whom It May Concern,

DDD #68

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 you know and your dean’s list semesters in your email signature.

 

Links:
31 annoying words and phrases on your résumé that make hiring managers cringe, Business Insider
How to Address Your Business Email or Letter to a Woman (Without Offending Her), Grammarly
This Is How To Write A Follow-Up Email That’s Not Annoying, Fast Company


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#67: It’s Almost Pear Season

DDD #67

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 of Our Time, Esquire
‘To E Or Not To E’: USC And UCLA Quibble Over How To Spell Shakespear(e), NPR
Ten things you might not have known about the English language, Oxford Dictionaries


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#66: I Work Where Jack Bauer Works

DDD #66

On this episode:
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.

 

Links:
Northwest Independent Editors Guild
Policing people’s grammar online is never really about grammar, Quartz
You Really Need To Stop Putting Smiley Faces In Work Emails, Time


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#65: You Do You, Cooter Brown

DDD #65

On this episode:
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”.

 

Links:

14 ways of saying drunk across the US, Mental Floss
15 regional words for vomiting, Mental Floss
The Best Recurring Joke On “Game of Thrones” Is About Grammar, Buzzfeed


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#64: Tickle Away Your Polio

DDD #64

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 they can all cure disease, probably. There’s a new language of dating, so three old married people discuss its credibility while trying to contend with an especially tricky online slideshow. And have you thought about your postmortem social media presence? Linda has.

 

Links:
Laugh and the World Laughs With You. Type ‘Ha,’ Not So Much., The New York Times
Trump’s New Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci Gets Clowned Over Old Tweet of a Fake Mark Twain Quote, Complex
The New Language of Dating, Mashable


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

DDD #63

On this episode:
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!

 

 


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

DDD #62

On this episode:
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.

 

 


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#61: Tilde Swinton

DDD #61

On this episode:
Listener email time! Tildes are sarcastic. Is Frances a man or woman? An update from Anna, the boner photographer. And more.

 

 


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

DDD #60

On this episode:
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.

 

 

Links:
How to End an Email: 9 Never-Fail Sign-Offs and 9 to Avoid, Grammarly
Why tock-tick does not sound right to your ears, Reddit article

 


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#59: Lie (NOT Lay) Down Sally

DDD #59

On this episode:
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.

 

 

Links:
Do Semicolons Make You Pretentious?, Slate
Here are New York City’s most basic dog names, Newsweek
‘In’ or ‘Among’?, Grammar Girl

 


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#58: Grief Bacon

DDD #58

On this episode:
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.

Lovely
Individual
Nerdy
Drunk
American

 

 

Links:
12 foreign expressions that you need to start using, Thrillist
Spanish words become our own, ThoughtCo
What’s an Acronym?, Merriam-Webster

 


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#57: Buzz, Your Girlfriend

DDD #57 Buzz, Your Girlfriend

On this episode:
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.)

 

Links:
19 things you need to stop saying (because you sound like a corporate robot), Mashable
10 Words or Phrases Never to Say at Work, Grammarly
Dogs Are Doggos: An Internet Language Built Around Love For The Puppers, NPR

 


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#56: Are We on iTunes?

DDD #56 Are We on iTunes?

On this episode:
We dive right in to 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.

 

Links:
Don’t let these bad habits infect your email, PR Daily
Why Men Are Terrible at Apologizing, Elle
https://twitter.com/MusicKillsKate/status/852432457399844864 

 


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#55: When They Lowercased Internet the Room Went Wild

DDD #55

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 Morgan and Linda are very sensitive when it comes to adopting one another’s writing styles.

 

Links:
Words to Purge From Your Emails, Grammarly
AP Stylebook Updates: Singular ‘They’ Now Acceptable, Grammar Girl
Native Tongues, Lapham’s Quarterly
DARE Twitter

 


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

DDD #54 You Don't Like Ampersands?

On this episode:
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.

 

Links:
Talking to In-laws Can Be Hard. In Some Languages, It’s Impossible., The New York Times
White House: Don’t call it Trumpcare, Politico
Grammar is the first victim of the “World’s Greatest Healthcare Plan of 2017”, Quartz
5-Year-Old Edith Fuller Will Be the Youngest, Cutest National Spelling Bee Contestant Ever, Slate

 


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#53: I Just Ideated

DDD #53 I Just Ideated

On this episode:
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.

 

Links:
8 Ways to Avoid Business Jargon, Merriam-Webster
All the Sports Words Only Americans Use, Grammarly
‘Hone In’ or ‘Home In’?, Quick and Dirty Tips

 


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#52: Two People Like Brian!

DDD #52 Two People Like Brian!

On this episode:
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.

 

Links:
Ambiguous abbreviations, Strong Language
Despite All Those Requests for a Dislike Button, Love Is Still the Top Facebook Reaction, nymag.com
Flesh Out or Flush Out?, Quick and Dirty Tips

 


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

DDD #51 Call Your Mom! It's Our 51st Episode

On this 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 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…

 

Links:
Ending Your Emails With This 1 Word Vastly Improves the Response Rate, Inc.
The Most Effective Ways to End an Email So That You Get a Response, Lifehacker
So Apparently There Are Four Kinds of Introversion, nymag.com
Unlikely couples: 8 pairs of words you didn’t know shared an etymology, Oxford Dictionaries

 


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

DDD #50 You Don't Want Her to Piss on Elsa?

On this episode:
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!

 

Links:
This Finnish Word Makes Your Sad Weekend Plans Sound a Little Cooler, nymag.com
31 Words and Phrases You No Longer Need in 2017, Grammarly
How Many Fucks Do I Give?, Erika Janye/YouTube

 


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#49: Guys, I’m Not Italian

DDD #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 have a husband vs. wife word quiz battle royale. Linda makes Polish jokes and the gang roasts her husband for being Italian. Classic 2017.

 

Links:
Ghost, Shade, And Humblebrag Are Now In The Dictionary, BuzzFeed
We Just Added More Than 1,000 New Words to the Dictionary, Merriam-Webster
Test Your Knowledge of the New Words
14 times Merriam Webster was shady AF, Buzzfeed
This Tweet Pushed Merriam-Webster To Change Their Messed Up Entry On ‘Femininity’, The Huffington Post
https://www.google.com/amp/digiday.com/careers/day-life-woke-social-medeia-manager-runs-merriam-webster-twitter-account/amp/

 


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#48: I Know What Habeas Corpus Means

DDD #48 I Know What Habeas Corpus Means

On this episode:
Up your protest-sign game. We delve into the proper definitions of political terms and explain the difference between alternate facts and alternative facts.

Links:
Glossary of Political Terms, democracy.org.au
A Small Point of Usage Concerning Those “Alternative Facts,” The New Yorker

 


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#47: Can’t Slow Us Down, Mom

DDD#47 Can't Slow Us Down, Mom

On this episode:
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

 


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

DDD #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.

 


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

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

On this episode:
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).

 

Links:
25 Words Turning 25 in 2017, Mental Floss
On the Internet, to Be ‘Mom’ Is to Be Queen, The New York Times
Historic vs. Historical—Which Should I Use?, Grammarly
‘Whole Milk’, ‘British English’, and 16 More Retronyms, Merriam-Webster

 


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#44: Obama Is a Double-Spacer

DDD #44 Obama Is a Double Spacer

On this episode:
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.)

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Links:
Why Do Canadians Say ‘Eh’?, Atlas Obscura
Why It’s Literally Not Wrong To Say ‘Literally,’ Hidden Brain
A Harvard linguist reveals the most misused words in English, Business Insider



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#43: “Potential Misunderstanding About Our Dog”

DDD #43 Potential Misunderstanding About Our Dog

On this episode:
Dan Gross from Elevated Nation joins the DDD gang to discuss dead animals, the business of cannabis, 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.)

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Links:
The Word of the Year for 2016 Isn’t a Word. It’s a Number., Slate


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

DDD #42 There's Nothing Linda Won't Bullet

On this episode:
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 contronym is a word that is its own opposite. WHAT?! Also, we explain while vs. whilst and taste test wine gummies; enjoy our chewing.

 

 

Links:
Learning a Language Makes You Better at Handling Ambiguity, Nymag.com’s Science of Us
25 Words That Are Their Own Opposites, Mental Floss
While vs. Whilst—Which Is Correct?, Grammarly


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#41: John Lithgow Is a Gem

DDD #40 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 over! Plus, we call out hyper grammar correctors and decree the cool, new baby name of 2017: Manager. Happy New Year!

 


Links:
Hypercorrections: Are You Making These 6 Common Mistakes?, Merriam-Webster
The English language is undergoing a “dad-ification”, Business Insider
Clinton Staffer Made a Typo and Now Trump Is President, nymag.com’s Select All


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

DDD #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. We talk holiday cards, the year’s worst writing mistakes and the bane of Linda’s existence — unattributed quotes. Also, Linda gets her wallet stolen. Sad!

 


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

DDD #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 though she just wants a landline. Since this time of year can be tough, we discuss the idea of using writing to get out of your funk. Speaking of funk, we think Rihanna would make a great bridesmaid.

 

 

Links:
The Redundant “Close Proximity” Is Way More Beloved Than It Should Be, Slate
The 15 Most Hilariously Passive-Aggressive Emojis Ever, Thrillist
You Can Write Your Way Out of an Emotional Funk. Here’s How., nymag.com’s Science of Us


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#38: Ladies Be Second Class Citizen-ing

DDD #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 harsh on female sommeliers.

 

 

Links:
Why Is the Second G in Gilmore Girls Lowercase?, Slate
Writing about the ‘alt-right’, The Associated Press
Why I hate female sommeliers, VinePair


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#37: It Was Al-Gore-Together Horrible

DDD #37 It Was Al-Gore-Together Horrible

On this episode:
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.

 

 

Links:
Altogether vs. All Together, Grammarly
Hate Sign Aimed at Gay Mayor, But Grammar is So Bad, It’s Hard to Tell, Worcester Patch
You really, really have to stop correcting the grammar of racists ranting about ‘Muslins’ on Facebook, The Independent
The Definitive List of Euphemisms for the Bathroom, Ranked, Apartment Therapy

 


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#36: Half the Pressure, Twice the Speed

DDD #36 Twice the Speed Half the Pressure

On this episode:
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…

 

 

Links:
Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen, Mary Norris

 


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

Comma Chameleon

On this episode:
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.

 


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#34: Bye Bye Grammar

DDD #34 Bye Bye Grammar, the Musical

On this episode:
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. female. Linda weighs in on stuffy grammar rules and we outlaw apostrophes!

 

 

Links:
A high school teacher is changing the way he grades essays — and it reflects a dramatic shift in the English language, Business Insider
The war on grammar, National Review, And this response, Baltimore Sun

 

 


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#33: I Never Mind When You Misspell Nevermind

DDD #33 I Never Mind When You Misspell Nevermind

On this episode:
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. And we have a T-shirt winner!

 

 

Links:
Nevermind or Never Mind: What’s the Difference?, Grammarly
Here is the perfect way to end an email — and 26 sign-offs you should usually avoid, Business Insider
A Short Guide to Speaking English in Britain, Fortune

 

 


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#32: Snails! It’s Bill Walsh.

DDD #32 Snails It's Bill Walsh
On this episode:
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.

 

 

Links:
Yes, I Could Care Less: How to Be a Language Snob Without Being a Jerk, Bill Walsh
The Elephants of Style : A Trunkload of Tips on the Big Issues and Gray Areas of Contemporary American English, Bill Walsh
Lapsing Into a Comma : A Curmudgeon’s Guide to the Many Things That Can Go Wrong in Print–and How to Avoid Them, Bill Walsh

10 Old-Fashioned Swears to Spice up Your Cussin’, Mental Floss
‘Literally’ bothers me, too. But it’s not literally wrong., The Washington Post (penned by Bill Walsh)
The Post drops the ‘mike’ — and the hyphen in ‘e-mail,’ The Washington Post (penned by Bill Walsh)
The 34 oddest names for groups of animals, Business Insider

 

 


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

DDD #31 What Did Ja Rule Teach Us About Down-Ass Comforters
On this episode:
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.

 

 

Links:
Killer Whales and Menopause, Parade
Why both I and me can be right, The Economist
Curious-Ass Scholars Look Into “-Ass” As A Modifier, Deadspin
10 Southern Sayings Everyone Should Embrace, The Kitchn

 

 


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

DDD #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 what “on my beanwater” means, probably because of all the beers. Our latest iTunes review came in the form of a Nobel Prize–worthy poem.

 

 

Links:
Why Do We Love to Curse So Much?
, The New York Times
A linguist’s love letter to profanity explains why it’s fine to curse around kids, Quartz
What Business Jargon Says About Us, Forbes
Learn the Lingo: 10 Sports Terms That Became Business Terms, The Huffington Post
17 irritating jargon phrases, and awesome new sayings we should use instead, Nonprofit With Balls

 


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

DDD #29 As God As My Witness I Will Never Capitalize a Job Title
On this episode:
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.

 

 

 


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

DDD #28 How Have We Gone 28 Episodes Without Talking About Morgan's Back Brace?
On this episode:
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.

 

 

Links:
Wine O’Clock, Beer O’Clock and the Changing Language of Drinking, Punch
The Language of Drinking, Punch
Dolphins recorded having a conversation ‘just like two people’ for first time, The Telegraph

 


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

DDD #27 It's a 90s Podcast About Email Sign-Offs
On this episode:
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.

 

Links:
‘Jagoff’ Officially Added To The Oxford English Dictionary, CBS Pittsburgh
‘Sonsy’ campaign launched to preserve endangered American words, The Guardian
How Often Is ‘Biweekly’?, Merriam-Webster
Compliment vs. Complement, Grammarly
What Your Email Sign-Off Really Means, Los Angeles magazine

 

 


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#26: Only Dolly Parton Can Prevent Cryptomnesia

DDD #26: Only Dolly Parton Can Prevent CryptomnesiaOn this episode:
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.

 

 

Links:
The Accidental Plagiarist in All of Us, The New York Times
Eggcorns and mondegreens, Grammarist

 


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

DDD #25: You Can't Waste an "Everything" on a Paid Promotion

On this episode:
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.

 

 

Links:
Netflix Picks Up a CBC Series Based on Anne of Green Gables So We Can All Fall in Love With Gilbert Again, vulture.com
‘Views Are My Own’: What Happens When You Shit Talk Your Employer Online, Broadly

 


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#24: Here’s You A Live Show!

DDD #24: DDD Live!

On this episode:
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.

 

 

 


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

DDD #23: Next Thing You Know

On this episode:
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 quizzes.

 

 

Links:

As Far As Your Brain Is Concerned, Audiobooks Are Not ‘Cheating,’ nymag.com
Goodbye to ‘Honeys’ in Court, by Vote of American Bar Association, The New York Times
Quiz: How Much Of A Grammar Snob Are You?, BuzzFeed

 


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

DDD #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.

 

 

Links:
The Media’s Olympics Coverage Reminds Us Just How Taxing It Is to Be a Female Athlete, New York Magazine’s The Cut
The Media Are Saying And Doing A Bunch Of Sexist Stuff During The Olympics, The Huffington Post

 


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

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

 

On this episode:
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.

 

 

Links:
Mel Gibson, Sean Penn to Star in ‘Professor and the Madman’ (Exclusive), The Hollywood Reporter
Do You Download Audiobooks? Congratulations, You’re Keeping Publishing Afloat, Flavorwire

 


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#20: Um, Filler Words Are Helpful

DDD #20—Um, Filler Words Are Helpful

 

On this episode:
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.


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

DDD #19 Friends Is the Golden Girls for Millennials

 

On this episode:
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.

 

 

Links:
Why Using a Period in a Text Makes You Sound Angry, Time
Marines dropping ‘man’ from 19 job titles, Stars and Stripes

 


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

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

 

On this episode:
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.

 

 

Links:
Why Handwriting Is Still Essential in the Keyboard Age, The New York Times
Rethinking the Beach Read, The New Yorker

 


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#17: Leverage Me A Beer, Please

DDD #17: Leverage Me A Beer, Please #drunkwordnerds

On this episode:
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?

 

 

Links:
Navigating Your Way Through Bullshit Corporate Lingo, Deadspin
55% of American workers don’t take all their paid vacation, MarketWatch
Proper spelling and grammar in emails: It’s important, Ragan’s PR Daily


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#16: Real Adults Use Periods

DDD #16 Real Adults Use Periods

On this episode:
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.

 

 

Links:
Period. Full Stop. Point. Whatever It’s Called, It’s Going Out of Style, The New York Times

 


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#15: Drink Drank Drunk Is EVERYTHING

DDD #16: Drink Drank Drunk is Everything

On this episode:
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.

 

 

Links:
How ‘Everything’ Became the Highest Form of Praise, The New York Times
There Should be a “Soo” for Expressing Emphasis, Deadspin

 


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

DDD #14.5

On this episode:
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!

 

 

Links:
Emmy Favilla, @em_dash3
Julie Gerstein, @havethehabit

 


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

DDD #14

On this episode:
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.

Tune in Thursday for a bonus episode with part two of this interview.

 

 

Links:
Emmy Favilla, @em_dash3
Julie Gerstein, @havethehabit
BuzzFeed Newsletter
29 Things Women Avoid Doing Because We Fear For Our Safety, Julie Gerstein

 


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#13: The Teens At Nordstrom Rack Are Doing It

DDD #13 - The Teens At Nordstrom Rack Are Doing It

On this episode:
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.

 

 

Links:
Could We Just Lose the Adverb (Already)?
 by Christian Lorentzen
Google Ngram Viewer

 


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

DDD #12

On this episode:
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.

 

 


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

DDD #11

On this episode:

  • 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

 

 


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#10: It’s Like Listening To Strangers

DDD #10 It's Like Talking To Strangers

On this episode:
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.

 

 

Links:
New Yorker: What “XOXO” Really Means by Emma Rathbone
Business Insider: The world’s top grammarian fears that this punctuation error is becoming standard English by Daniel McMahon

 


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#9: Adult Millennials

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On this episode:
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.

 

 

 


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

DDD Episode #8

 

On this episode:
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.

 


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#7: The Oxford Dictionary F’ing Hates Women

DDD #7 - The Oxford Dictionary F'ing Hates Women

On this episode:
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.

 

 


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

BuzzFeed Is Worth Billions

On this episode:
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!

 

 

 


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#5: 21% of People Surveyed Dislike Peace

21% of People Dislike Peace

On this episode:
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?

 

 


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

DDD Episode #4

On this episode:
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.

 

 


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#3: Comma Comma Chameel-eee-onnn

Comma Chameleon

On this episode:
Morgan talks about Instagram, again. Linda takes a stand for the serial comma. Brian is officially relegated to Coco status.

 


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#2: The Fancy Man In The Kitchen

Fancy Man In The Kitchen

On this episode:
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.

 


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#1: Hannah Joffrey Whoever

Mormon NamesOn this episode:
Morgan and Linda wax poetic on rampant Instagram misquotes, Mormons on Pinterest, fact checking, incorrect quotes quiz and vocal fry aplenty. Drink up.

 

 


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Unlocking Campus Lockdown

Unlocked Episode 1

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.