Words You Should Know
By Kris Spisak
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A few stolen minutes out of your day to talk words and communication, because punctuation is more than confetti and you’ve always wondered if you should teach your dog to “lay” or “lie” down. Words. Language. Human communication. Everything begins there. Kris Spisak, author of Get a Grip on Your Grammar, is ready for your moments of temporary hesitation or bewilderment. The English language can be difficult, but who says talking about it can’t be educational and entertaining?
||CleanS2: E3 – “Butts” Where They Shouldn’t Be (i.e., Expressions you should really handle better)||It’s time to get a grip on your communications, isn’t it? The English language can be difficult, I know. But there’s a certain pet peeve of mine we’re going to dive into today. It’s all about the word “butt.||2/6/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2: E2 – The plural form of “you” already exists (and all these other words you’ve always wanted)||This podcast is on one of my favorite explorations. It’s all about words you wish existed. Sometimes the world seems annoyed that there just isn’t a word to express exactly what you want. There’s no English word for that intimate feeling of sittin||1/23/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2: E1- When Grammar Goes Big: Beyoncé, Gwen Stefani & Broadway (Bringing in the New Year by Ringing in the New Year)||This is the start of season 2. How to start with that bang? Let’s talk Beyoncé, Gwen Stefani, and a classic Broadway show—and, of course, the words they use. You might not have known it, but they have a major disagreement on the usage of a phrase.||1/9/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1: E12 – Don’t Meddle with My Metal Medal (or my Oranges)||At twelve months old, babies are already beginning to recognize “adjacent relationships” of words, how language fits together to organize itself. The learning process with listening, speaking, and writing, begins there and often lasts for a lifetime||11/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1: E11 – That “turkey” isn’t from Turkey||Now that we’ve established whether it’s “prouder” or “more proud” than a peacock in last week’s episode, I want to keep talking about birds. Why? Because calling a North American turkey a “turkey” is up there with the earliest of #fake||11/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1: E10 – “Prouder” or “More Proud” than a Peacock? (Plus a Spelling Meme Debunked)||Is it possible to be more proud than a peacock? Or, wait, is it “prouder” than a peacock? One is the correct form, but do you know the answer? Let’s talk language tips for the curious or confused. This is Season 1, Episode 10.||11/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1: E9 – Cowboy Slang and Ace-High Wild West Typos||Language tips for the curious or confused. Because we really can fit into either category, depending on the day, the moment, the answer that slipped from your mind. This is episode 9 of season 1, and I’ll admit it,||11/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1: E8 – To “Sure Up” or “Shore Up” Your Sandcastles||We all need these little word choice reminders, don’t we? We need to remember the difference between “insure” and “ensure,” without a doubt understanding that “insure” with an “i” is talking about insurance.||10/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1: E7 – Harry Potter and the Trickery of Spacing (“One-Time” vs. “Onetime” vs. “One Time”)||Before I dive into the trickery of English language spacing, let me tell you a story about selling books at midnight at the launch of J.K. Rowling’s 5th book in the Harry Potter series, The Order of the Phoenix. I was in college at the time,||10/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1: E6 – Before You Say Anything Else About “Frankenstein”||I want to talk about monsters. A scary story can be fun any time of year, but especially near Halloween. It’s good to know that a collection of ravens is an “unkindness” and a collection of crows is a “murder.||10/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
It’s nice to have a creative and thoughtful podcast about words. You can hear the Kris’ love of language come through. The theme mucus is upbeat and catchy too.
Looking forward to more...
Kris Spisak's podcast is a wonderful new addition. Informative and entertaining. Do I really have to wait a whole week for the next one? Darn.