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?
||CleanEpisode 12: 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|
||CleanEpisode 11: 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|
||CleanEpisode 10: “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|
||CleanEpisode 9: 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|
||CleanEpisode 8: 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|
||CleanEpisode 7: 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|
||CleanEpisode 6: 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|
||CleanEpisode 5: Madeleine L’Engle’s Secret Wordplay (and how do you spell “in the (k)nick of time”?)||Just in the (k)nick of time, let’s talk about how you spell that “(k)nick” in the “(k)nick of time.” Is it spelled N-I-C-K or is it K-N-I-C-K? What’s your first reaction? Let’s see if you’re right. This is episode 5,||10/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Should You Trust Judas Priest? “Another Think Coming” or “Another Thing Coming”?||This is episode 4, and I’ve got another question for you: Is the expression “you’ve got another think coming” or “you’ve got another thing coming”? Former President Barack Obama and Judas Priest are tied up in the answer, but before I get||10/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Franklin, Roosevelt & Getting a Grip on the English Language||This is episode 3 of the Words You Should Know podcast, and it’s time to take a step back. So what am I doing here? Here’s a hint: it’s more than teaching you that you want your football team to have a “disinterested” ref rather than an “uni||9/29/2018||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.