How to Prepare for Travel

There’s lots of travel involved, and advance planning makes business travel go smoothly. My assistant and I designed a one-page Travel Prep Sheet, …

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How to Travel With Electronics

How to Travel With Electronics. Tech Talker gives you 4 tips for easy and hassle-free air travel with electronics. Plus – the latest on keeping your digital domain safe from airport hackers! By . Eric Escobar Tech Talker. July 3, 2013. 4-minute read. Episode #33. play pause. Listen.

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The 3 Absolute Worst Travel Companions

Google defines a companion as someone with whom one spends a lot of time or with whom one travels. So, when picking a companion to skip out for a weekend getaway, it’s ideal that said acquaintance shares your motives and agenda.  Now, whether that companion is …

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The Dog Trainer : What to Do with Your Dog When You Travel

Option #1: The Vet’s Office (Not the Best Choice) Let’s knock out one easy target first: boarding at the vet’s office. This might be a reasonable option for an animal who has a chronic illness that needs careful monitoring. Or conceivably you live in a region where real estate is cheap, and your vet’s offices include a separate day care

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David Bowie and the Importance of Space Travel

The theme of space travel was prominent throughout Bowie's music. In honor of the inspirational musician's career, let's explore the connection between science fiction, the pursuit of the unknown, and knowledge of our place in the cosmos, as well as how it inspires future space travel.

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Is Interstellar Travel Really Possible

Our probes can only travel so fast and so it takes a significant amount of time to traverse those extremely large distances. The farthest humanity has ever been able to send probes is to the outer solar system. At ~ 12.5 billion miles from the Sun, the most distant satellite is Voyager 1 which was launched in 1977 to study the weather, magnetic

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Hopefully Grammar Girl

You could travel quickly, travel frugally, or travel hopefully. Traveling hopefully sounds like more fun. But words can take on new uses over time, and in the 1960s, people started using “hopefully” to mean “I hope” or “we hope,” as in “Hopefully, we’ll get to …

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Is Anything Faster Than the Speed of Light

He suggested this difference might be due to a difference in light travel times. Romer measured a value of ~220,000,000 meters per second which, considering his set up, is really pretty good. In the 1800s, James Clerk Maxwell began to work out the mathematical framework for how electromagnetic radiation, classical optics, and electric circuits

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What Is the Speed of Sound

It takes a noticeable amount of time for sound to leave its source, travel across a canyon, for example, and then return to our ears. At ~60 degrees Fahrenheit (that’s 15.5 degrees Celsius), the speed of sound is around 760 miles per hour (or 1,225 kilometers per hour). Note that the sound speed depends on the temperature of the air.

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What Does It Mean to ‘Have the Receipts’

The word “receipts” has undergone some semantic broadening—in other words, its meaning has become more general. Rather than referring strictly to documents confirming purchases, “receipts” can now also refer to any kind of documentation that proves you’re right about something—whether it’s an actual receipt, a screenshot of an incriminating text message, or video …

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11 Do's and Don’ts for RV Living

Living in an RV allows for a lot of flexibility in travel plans. At any point in time, you can pick up and move to a new location. This is amazing, but it can also be overwhelming because there are so many great places to see. Plus, the more people you meet on the road, the more recommendations you get for amazing places.

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How to Use Hyphens Grammar Girl

Hyphens are a regular source of confusion among Grammar Girl listeners. Since I thought the hyphen section of Marcia Riefer Johnston’s new book, Word Up!, was particularly helpful, this week, we have a show about hyphens based on an excerpt of …

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Tricks to Travel More With Less Money and Time Money Girl

The trick to traveling for less, known as travel hacking, is to tap multiple tools—credit cards, alerts, and reward programs—and to be creative. Often, assembling your trip piecemeal, rather than buying a package, is the secret for snatching the best travel deals.

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3 Rules for Tipping on Take-Out

Here on the Modern Manners Guy channel, questions about table settings are popular this time of year. As are queries about proper ways to order food and about simple table manners. When it comes to dining etiquette, I've covered them all. …

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'In Regard To' vs. 'In Regards To' Grammar Girl

The correct phrase is "in regard to." You may be confused because "as regards" is another way to introduce a topic. Many people believe both phrases are unnecessary business jargon. Better options, depending on the particular sentence, include "concerning," "regarding," "about," "in," and "with." For example, this sentence is correct:

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Go Green: Reusable vs. Disposable Cups

Where is the break even point? … Put another way, the construction and destruction of a metal and/or plastic travel mug has the same environmental burden as how many paper cups?" As Thor points out, the metal and plastic used to make those travel mugs are both non-renewable resources, while the paper making up the disposable cup is not.

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'It Is I' Versus 'It Is Me' Grammar Girl

The short answer is that Jodie wins. The traditional grammar rule states when a pronoun follows a linking verb, such as "is," the pronoun should be in the subject case. It’s also called the “nominative.”. That means it is correct to say, “It is I,” and “It was he who dropped the phone in shock when Jodie answered, 'This is she

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'Let's Go!' Is Not the Same as 'Let Us Go!'

Traditional English-grammar doesn’t distinguish sentences like Let’s go and Let us know. It classifies them both as imperatives. The understood subject of each is You, and us is the direct object of let. But as Aaron noticed, the two kinds of sentences don’t behave the same way. Sometimes you can contract let us to let’s, and sometimes

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Dining & Travel :: Quick and Dirty Tips

Dining & Travel. Audio. How to Politely Borrow Something . Modern Manners Guy. Audio. How to Handle a Freeloader . Modern Manners Guy. How to Reheat Every Type of Leftover. Who Knew? Audio. How to Handle Negative Self-Talk on a Date. Relationship Doctor. Audio. The Benefits of Routine (or Why Being Boring Has Its Upsides)

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Big Money-Saving Benefits of Travel Insurance

What is travel insurance? A travel policy is an often-overlooked coverage that you can customize based on where you're going, the risks you face along the journey, and your personal circumstances. Similar to different types of car insurance, travel …

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'Between' Versus 'Among' Grammar Girl

Mignon Fogarty is the founder of Quick and Dirty Tips and the author of seven books on language, including the New York Times bestseller "Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing."She is an inductee in the Podcasting Hall of Fame, and the show is a five-time winner of Best Education Podcast in the Podcast Awards.

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6 House Sitting Jobs from Travel Hack to Side Hustle

The best house sitting websites for travel hacking There are a plethora of house sitting opportunities available for those with an abundance of wanderlust but lack of funds. I mean, sleeping in the car is fun for a few days, but you definitely want a bed if …

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The Royal "We" Grammar Girl

The Royal We. The most sanctioned example of this is “the royal we ,” or pluralis majestatis. Don’t be fooled by the Latin: the royal we has enjoyed popularity far beyond Rome by monarchs, popes, and even university rectors. The origin of this pronoun has been traced variously to 1169, when the English king Henry II used it to mean “God

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"Like" Versus "Such As" Grammar Girl

Jill would love to travel to several European cities such as London, Florence, and Athens. (The “such as” tells us these are specific cities Jill wants to see.) Doctor Coughlin dreads seeing patients like Mrs. Carbuncle.

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What Is a Great Circle

The Shortest Distance on a Sphere. As I mentioned earlier, great circles have a very important property. And that is that the shortest distance between two points on the surface of a sphere is always along the great circle connecting those points. In other words, if you take a piece of string and pull it taught between any two points on a model

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How to Estimate How Fast Someone is Running

Namely, if you are traveling at a given speed—say 55 miles-per-hour—and you travel for 1 hour, then after that hour you will have traveled 55 miles: 55 miles-per-hour x 1 hour = 55 miles. So how is speed actually calculated? It’s pretty easy. In fact, the units you measure speed in—miles-per-hour—almost give away the answer.

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What Is the Space-Time Continuum

A few weeks ago, a listener wrote in with this question: "Can you please give me a brief description of the space-time continuum?" That's a big question, but I'll do my best. As you probably know, we live in space, which is a 3-dimensional thing. The fact that space is 3-dimensional means that you can move in three different ways.

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Do You Overuse "Of"

Mignon Fogarty is the founder of Quick and Dirty Tips and the author of seven books on language, including the New York Times bestseller "Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing."She is an inductee in the Podcasting Hall of Fame, and the show is a five-time winner of Best Education Podcast in the Podcast Awards.

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Reign, Rein, and Rain Grammar Girl

Mignon Fogarty is the founder of Quick and Dirty Tips and the author of seven books on language, including the New York Times bestseller "Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing."She is an inductee in the Podcasting Hall of Fame, and the show is a five-time winner of Best Education Podcast in the Podcast Awards.

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'If' Versus 'Whether' Grammar Girl

Mignon Fogarty is the founder of Quick and Dirty Tips and the author of seven books on language, including the New York Times bestseller "Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing."She is an inductee in the Podcasting Hall of Fame, and the show is a five-time winner of Best Education Podcast in the Podcast Awards.

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Rock Climbing: How it Works and Why It's Popular

Rock climbing has (ahem) climbed in popularity over the last 20 years. Many people think that it will someday (cough) ascend to the heights of outdoor activities such as jogging and fishing which, based on research by the Outdoor Foundation, are the two most popular outdoor activities in the U.S. . Indoor rock climbing is said to have started in the U.S. in the early 1980s when outdoor rock

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Why Does “I” Take Plural Verbs

For comparison, the first-person singular pronoun is “I” as a subject, and “me” as an object. Likewise, the first-person plural pronoun is “we” as a subject, and “us” as an object. In older stages of English, “ye” was the subjective case of the second-person plural pronoun, and “you” was the objective case. Next: Where

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Is Sign Language Universal

Mignon Fogarty is the founder of Quick and Dirty Tips and the author of seven books on language, including the New York Times bestseller " Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing ." She is an inductee in the Podcasting Hall of Fame, and the show is a five-time winner of Best Education Podcast in the Podcast Awards.

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What Is the Proto-Indo-European Language

The answer is that Latin, Greek, and English are all related, but Latin and Greek are more closely related to each other than they are to English. In fact, all three of these languages, and many others as well, are all part of a single language family, called the Indo-European languages, and they all ultimately trace back to a single, ancestral

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'King-size' or 'King-sized'

Mignon Fogarty is the founder of Quick and Dirty Tips and the author of seven books on language, including the New York Times bestseller "Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing."She is an inductee in the Podcasting Hall of Fame, and the show is a five-time winner of Best Education Podcast in the Podcast Awards.

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Read, Memorize, or Use Notes

Reading Is Usually a Bad Idea. Many students and business executives ask if it’s OK to read a speech. My answer is always the same. It’s rarely a good idea to read a speech, unless you meet two criteria: 1) You’re a political or business leader and 2) It’s critically important that your words be spoken exactly as written.. For example, if you are the chairman of McNeil addressing the

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How Canadians Really Pronounce "About" Grammar Girl

A diphthong is a combination of two vowel sounds. For the ow diphthong in the word how, you start with the /a/ in la and gradually move your tongue towards the /u/ in blue, that is, a bit higher and towards the back of your mouth, while at the same time your …

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5 Ways to Forgive People (Even Those Who Don’t Apologize)

Studies show people who forgive have less depression, use less medicine, have more energy, and are more satisfied with life. All that sounds appealing, but forgiveness can be hard, especially when a transgressor doesn’t apologize. This week, Savvy Psychologist Dr. Ellen Hendriksen weighs in on how to let go of old hurts. By.

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Is 'Pair' Singular or Plural

Mignon Fogarty is the founder of Quick and Dirty Tips and the author of seven books on language, including the New York Times bestseller "Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing."She is an inductee in the Podcasting Hall of Fame, and the show is a five-time winner of Best Education Podcast in the Podcast Awards.

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