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Episode 29: A Grammar Day Celebration

In honor of National Grammar Day, That Word Chat with Editor Mark Allen celebrates the befuddling, ever-changing, varied grammars of the English language. We'll talk about our geeky love of our language with Martha Brockenbrough, creator of National Grammar Day. We'll also welcome special guest Mignon Fogarty, host of National Grammar Day and creator of the Grammar Girl podcasts. Andy Hollandbeck, winner of the 2020 ACES National Grammar Day Tweeted Poetry Contest, will join us to read some of his grammar-related compositions.

That Word Chat is at 4:30 p.m. EST (9:30 p.m. UTC) on Tuesday, March 2 (two days before National Grammar Day). Sign up below for the Zoom meeting link.

Clockwise from above: Grammar Girl Mignon Fogarty, author Martha Brockenbrough, and Andy Hollandbeck, managing editor at the Saturday Evening Post.

Past episodes


Episodes below in green link to the recorded shows posted to YouTube.


Episode 1 (April 7): Mary Norris

Episode 2 (April 14): Steve Kleinedler and Kory Stamper

Episode 3 (April 21): Roy Peter Clark

Episode 4 (April 28): Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett

Episode 5 (May 5): Ellen Jovin and Brandt Johnson

Episode 6 (May 12): David Crystal

Episode 7 (May 19) Ammon Shea and Peter Sokolowski

Episode 8 (May 26) Lynne Murphy

Episode 9 (June 9): Karen Yin

Episode 10 (June 16): Mignon Fogarty

Episode 11 (June 23): Jesse Sheidlower with special guest Colleen Newvine

Episode 12 (June 30): Jane Friedman

Episode 13 (July 14): Stan Carey and James Harbeck of Strong Language

Episode 14 (July 28): Steve Bien-Aime

Episode 15 (August 11): Ben Zimmer

Episode 16 (August 25): Alaina Lavoie and Caroline Tung Richmond of We Need Diverse Books

Episode 17 (September 8): Heather Bonikowski and John Kelly of Dictionary.com

Episode 18 (September 22): The Quad: Erin Brenner, Sarah Grey, Katharine O'Moore-Klopf,
     Adrienne Montgomerie, Lori Paximadis, Laura Poole, Amy Schneider

Episode 19 (October 6): Carol Saller

Episode 20 (October 20): Linda Kass of Gramercy Books

Episode 21 (November 10): That Word Chat: The Word Puzzlers

Episode 22 (November 17): Merrill Perlman and Teresa Schmedding of the ACES Academy

Episode 23 (December 1): Rob and Teresa Reinalda

Episode 24 (December 15): Emily Brewster



Episode 25 (January 5): The Word of the Year: Ben Zimmer, Peter Sokolowski, John Kelly, Katherine Connor
     Martin plus Wendalyn Nichols and Lynne Murphy

Episode 26 (January 19): Malini Devadas

Episode 27 (February 2): Kory Stamper

Episode 28 (February 16): Cynthia Williams

Episode 29 (March 2): Grammar Day Celebration with Martha Brockenbrough and Special Guests

Episode 30 (March 16): Iva Cheung


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