Although I am not much of a writer myself, I know how important it is to use proper grammar and punctuation in my writing. A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon a link to a free podcast called Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Grammar Tips in the iTunes store. I am a big nerd, so I subscribed at once and began listening to an episode entitled “Don’t You Dare Lay Down, Sally,” which tackled my personal word choice nemesis: lie vs. lay. In other installments, the intrepid Grammar Girl has also tackled grammar issues, such as splitting infinitives; punctuation problems, including a two-part lesson on apostrophes that includes a really cute song sung to the tune of “O Tannenbaum;” and general tips on proofreading, avoiding wordiness, and more. Each episode runs about 3–5 minutes.
If you don’t use iTunes, fear not! Grammar Girl posts a complete transcript of each episode on her website at qdnow.com, which stands for Quick & Dirty Now. You can also subscribe if you’re into feeds (RSS and Atom). In addition to the podcasts, I have printed out a few of these transcripts for easy reference.
Heard any good grammar tips lately?