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Someone 2 Know: Grammar Girl

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You might have heard from your teacher that pies are done, and people are finished. However, there is a professor who will tell you that pies are done, and people are done too.

"Right," said Mignon Fogarty. "That's a rule that's only kind of a rule. People have been using 'done' for hundreds of years meaning 'finished' in English."

She teaches at the Reynolds School of Journalism, at the University of Nevada. When she is not teaching, though, Fogarty is podcasting. 

"Grammar Girl here," she reads into a mic. "I'm Mignon Fogarty, and this week, I have a quick and dirty tip."

She records a podcast once a week, and offers tips for people to improve their grammar. 

"About 100,000 people download the podcast every week," she told us. 

Grammar Girl started the show 10 years ago. She even has a website that gets quite a bit of clicks. 

"It's about 1.5 million a month."

Last week, she was inducted into the Podcasting Hall of Fame in Chicago. 
 
"While I was there, I was really surprised because I won 'Best Education Podcast' for the year."

Needless to say, she knows her stuff, and she has the hardware to prove it. 

If you thought people's ability to speak English has gotten worse, Grammar Girl disagrees. 

"No," she laughed. "The world is not going to hell in a hand basket."

"Everyone thinks, 'Kids today don't know how to write, don't know how to use the language,' but people have been saying that, about hundreds of years, for 'kids today'."

Fogarty believes the English language is so beautiful because it's adaptable. In fact, Fogarty says most grammar rules we follow today, are just made up.

"You shouldn't end a sentence with a preposition. There is no logical reason for that to be a rule. And there is no modern grammarian who will tell you it is a rule."

If you want to know more, here is a link to Grammar Girl's website and podcasts. 

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