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You're Saying It Wrong
42 minutes | Oct 15, 2021
Fun with plurals! | YSIW
All sorts of fun with plurals today: what we get wrong when we try to use Latin plurals, the rules of English plurals, pluralizing compound words... Look out, our opinions on plurals are like a charging herd of rhinocerotes!
37 minutes | Oct 1, 2021
You're (Still) Spelling It Wrong
We continue with our look at the most commonly misspelled words in the English language, as we dig into why it is we tend to spell them incorrectly, and the rules about why we spell them the way we do. And since this is English, we know rules are made to be broken!
31 minutes | Sep 17, 2021
You're Spelling It Wrong | YSIW
Kathy and Ross challenge Fletcher to a spelling bee, as they tackle some of the English language's most commonly misspelled words and Fletcher immediately regrets bragging about how good he is at spelling.
36 minutes | Sep 3, 2021
Pretentious Confusables | YSIW
Kathy, Ross & Fletcher dip back into their bag of commonly confused words with some particularly pretentious examples.
25 minutes | Aug 20, 2021
It's Time To Execute The Contronym Discussion | YSIW
We continue with our discussion of contronyms by jumping into some seemingly simple words that turn out to have some complicated meanings. And the summer heat has made us a little loopy, which means we devolve into just a bit of toilet humor (PG-rated, of course), so... be warned!
41 minutes | Aug 6, 2021
Sanction? Oversight? Let's Have Fun With Some Contronyms | YSIW
Do you trim the tree before you trim the tree? Do you have to dust after you dust a cake? Today we're looking at contronyms (or antagonyms, or enantiosemy, or Janus words, or...), those cases where a single word can have two completely opposite meanings.
30 minutes | Jul 23, 2021
Flapdoodle Words (Part 2: The Sequel) | YSIW
Kathy, Ross & Fletcher explore a few more redundant words and phrases!
34 minutes | Jul 9, 2021
This week, Kathy and Ross bring us a list of what they call "flapdoodle words," words that are redundant and just kind of junk things up. Or do they? Some of them might be kind of useful!
1 minutes | Jul 7, 2021
Some Good News! (And a Little Warning.)
No more limits! All You're Saying It Wrong episodes will be available in one fell swoop!
27 minutes | Jun 25, 2021
We're Flat Fine With These Adverbs | YSIW
Today, Kathy and Ross teach Fletcher about "flat adverbs," which look just like their adjective counterparts, but are still... adverbs. Think fast! Drive safe! Who needs that pesky -ly ending? Not these words.
32 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
It's The Wild West Out Here! | YSIW
Today we take a big step back and answer a common listener question about exactly why we don't talk that much about "The Rules" of English. Spoiler: THERE AREN'T ANY! (Ok, we're kidding, there are some.)
31 minutes | May 28, 2021
Mailbag Day! Or, We Lay Waste (to) The English Language | YSIW
We dip into some listener questions, including one about our recent "reflexive pronouns" discussion and one that has us revisit a topic from an earlier episode and that whole lie/lay/laid/lain confusion. Spoiler: Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton are both wrong!
34 minutes | May 14, 2021
A Return To Blipover Words | YSIW
We're returning to one of our favorite topics: words we sometimes use without really knowing what they mean, or words we see that we just kind of skim past because we aren't totally sure what they mean — "Blipover words," as Ross calls them. You know, words you see and just sort of "blip" over. And boy oh boy, some of these even we have a hard time getting a handle on. Plus: guest appearances by Bob Dylan, Alanis Morissette and Yoda.
31 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
Taking Selfies | YSIW
Cue up De La Soul, today we're talking "Me, Myself, and I!" Fletcher tries to wrap his head around reflexive pronouns and gets a remedial grammar lesson, and we all try not to have an identity crisis. Who am I, anyway?
30 minutes | Apr 16, 2021
We Are Loath (Loathe?) To Confuse These Words | YSIW
After Fletcher vents his rage about a word he's starting to hear being misused more and more often, and then Kathy and Ross answer a listener question about the phrase "out of sorts" (what the heck are sorts?), we jump back into our trip through the commonly confused alphabet with the letters L and M. Things get pretty dark.
34 minutes | Apr 2, 2021
We're Incredulous That These Words Are Confused | YSIW
We return to our trip through the alphabet of commonly confused words, picking up with the letter "F", maybe skipping a few that are boring, and heading on through the letter "J". We'd say we avoid tangents this time, but we all know that's not true. Also, Kathy and Ross take on a listener question that Fletcher just can't wrap his head around.
32 minutes | Mar 19, 2021
A Word Or Two About Portmanteaus | YSIW
Grab your two favorite words, smoosh 'em up together, and you got yourself a portmanteau! After Fletcher gets over some initial confusion, Kathy and Ross challenge him to figure out which words make up their favorite portmanteaus. Humpty Dumpty would be so proud...
37 minutes | Mar 5, 2021
Words We D-E-F-initely Confuse | YSIW
We continue our trip through the alphabet of commonly confused words as we tackle the letters D, E, and F... or that's the plan anyway, sometimes we get a little sidetracked...
36 minutes | Feb 19, 2021
Tossing Words Around Willy-Nilly | YSIW
This episode we'll dig into some words (and one punctuation mark!) that we toss around willy-nilly that maybe we don't totally, completely understand, and that we sometimes count on other people not understanding, either. Plus, a listener email makes Fletcher want to revisit "begs the question" to learn where such a strange phrase came from in the first place.
33 minutes | Feb 5, 2021
More Fun With Fossils! | YSIW
Today, we're digging up some fossil words! To wit: We'll wade through the flotsam and jetsam of words that have lost all their meaning to us except in very specific circumstances. So batten down the hatches! We wouldn't want to give this topic short shrift.
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