Last week, I wrote about the importance of using proper punctuation and grammar for the benefit of your personal brand and even your entire career. Unfortunately, grammar is not something you can just pick up a book or listen to a podcast. Or is it?
Here are 4 resources where I constantly go for grammar and punctuation knowledge:
It’s Car Talk for word nerds. Grammar and language mavens Grant Barrett and Martha Barnett field calls about proper usage, word origins, slang and idioms, and anything else you can think of. The show is on most NPR stations on Saturdays, but if you don’t have a chance to hear it, it’s also available via podcast.
2. Grammar Girl
The queen of grammar, Mignon Fogarty hosts a weekly podcast about different grammar questions and language usage as part of the QuickAndDirtyTips.com website. Her podcast, which rarely runs over 10 minutes, focuses on a single question or usage issue, and explores it in depth.
While June only has a limited run of grammar podcasts on iTunes — 27 in all — these are frequently asked grammar questions. And she’s still running the podcasts on her blog, GrammarUnderground.com, they’re just not on iTunes. If you only have a short time, I recommend downloading all the iTunes podcasts and running through them during your morning commutes.
A new podcast that started in February 2012 from Bob Garfield (host of public radio’s “On the Media”) and Mike Vuolo (Slate producer), Lexicon Valley is the deep, deep dive into a single word, phrase, or grammar question. The thing I like about these guys is that they’re not afraid to jump into controversial words and ideas.
There are a lot of other grammar and punctuation resources out there, but when it comes to just being able to listen as experts explore one single issue, these are the four that go to the top of my podcast playlist with every new episode.