Reviews For Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

GG is a fantastic way to learn about language.
For just a few minutes a week, I get a wealth of useful information on grammar and related topics. G.G. is always upbeat, competent, and makes interesting a subject that none of my K-12 teachers ever could, despite my enthusiasm and curiosity for the technical aspects of the English language. I listen during my commute through the California coastal redwoods.
Thank you for sharing your knowledge and love of all things grammar! I am a huge fan and I look forward to each new episode.
Grammar Girl is an amazing podcast! I’ve always wondered about the duct tape and duck tape and now I know. It’s super easy to understand and is also very enjoyable, even for a 13 year old like me! I’m already getting better grades and lots of compliments on my writing work thanks to Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips. I would recommend this podcast for anyone interested in why things are the way they are.


My name is Timothy in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and I listen every evening there is a new episode. Keep up the good work!
Love the show. I listen on my NPROne app, and I always get excited when that theme song comes in. As a word nerd, this is as good as it gets. I get that these tips are quick, but how are they dirty? Has that been explained in a past episode? I have been listening for the past year and have never had that question answered.
Listening to Grammar Girl is like having a good friend who calls to chat every week - and just happens to have useful, interesting tidbits about grammar and language to share. I listen while putting on my makeup in the morning - or while puttering and tidying my house any time of day. Seeing a new episode in my podcast library alwasy makes me smile.
Thank you, Mignon, for twelve years of Grammar Girl. I've been listening since 2006 when I used to ride my bick to work from Cupertino to Moutain View and back every day on whatever iPod I had back then. I listen now on Saturdays when I'm doing chores around the house.
Happy 12th anniversary to GG! GG is one of my favorites. With tips from many sources, Mignon keeps listeners entertained with multiple topics in each cast. It's always light and informative, helping listeners know what to say/write and why. I've listened for years and recommended to many.
I can always count on grammar girl to make every Thursday the best day of the week. Quick question for you. I have a friend who’s second language is English and he is asking me questions about “in” versus “on” why do we say for example I’m in the car but I’m on the train?
I've always been a word nerd and I love Grammar Girl's podcast. Always something interesting to learn, and tips that I use daily in my work as a graphic designer/editor. Because I work at home I tend to binge-listen in the car when I'm driving more than 10 minutes or so. Thanks, Mignon, for making my driving time much more interesting!
Really like your podcast Mignon. I’ve been listening to you for several years but never felt compelled to comment. I’d respectfully suggest leaving your politics out of your podcast, however subtle your references might be—the bio on Sotomayor and Fire and Fury. Take care and Godspeed!
I don't care for her pronunciations. Her accent is not a Pacific Northwest accent as she claims. For example how she pronounces aggravate is very irritating. Take it from me nobody in the PNW pronounces aggravate like she does. In fact I find her to have one of the strangest accents I've ever heard and I'm from the Seattle area like she claims to be.
The brief episodes are always packed with information and helpful. GG’s intonation/emphasis, vocal fry, and (mis)pronunciation distract me from the content from time to time, but she makes up for it with enthusiasm and passion for her subject.
I always enjoy the podcast and learn new things every time. I usually listen while eating breakfast, but today it was while preparing homemade salsa to share with friends this weekend. Side note: I love hearing various accents and dialects. Are you aware that when you say “aggravate,” it sounds like “egg-ravate”? :)
Even though grammar is not my favorite subject, I enjoy this weekly podcast. GG does a great job! The episodes are only about 10min so it is easy to listen each week. Keep up the great work!
I never stop learning. I listen while I clean my horses stall. I get educated and entertained as well. My job gets done faster. I download old episodes and repeat and repeat the ones I enjoy the meaty middle. I listened these week in Victoria Island, Canada.
I’m a former high school English teacher who is now a stay at home mom. I love listening to this podcast to keep my brain sharp for when I go back to the classroom!
I listened to an episode a couple months back with a guest etiquette connoisseur about how to politely decline an invitation to a family gathering. I’ve been scouring online, but I can’t seem to find it anymore! Please help!
I exhaustively listened to all of Grammar Girl’s podcasts when I was writing a game programming book, and the topics I was interested in were presented exactly in the way I was looking for: referencing the major style guides (AP, Chicago...) and producing an informed conclusion. Not just writers, but editors would do well by these examples.
Love the way you explain the threatening terms of grammar like comm-splices and subordinate clauses into something we can understand.
Thank you for the schooling. Thanks also to your main contributor Dragonfly editing. I drive a semi for Drag-n-fly Trucking; drag em up the hill & fly down ;>
I’ve listened to Grammar Girl for years and use it as a resource for the writing advice I give my children. The trend at their schools is to not teach grammar as a separate subject which naturally leaves a painful void. And writing as a craft is tackled crudely with not much more than the unimaginative five paragraph essay. To the rescue comes Grammar Girl. For my high schooler, it has made all the difference to know solid grammar facts as well as understanding that writing is indeed a craft worth mastery with many styles to learn. For my elementary student, Grammar Pop is a fun way to nail down the basics and specific questions are answered brilliantly in the archive of podcasts. For example she is learning geography and asked what you call someone from Wyoming. Why, she asked, is it so hard to know what to call people? Sure enough Grammar Girl tackled this topic of demonyms in October 2012. Thank you for this amazing resource at a time when our language skills face the threat of decline as more and more people use simple texts and emojis to communicate. Don’t get me wrong, I love a well placed meme, but it doesn’t hold a candle to the written word.
The grammar and etymology nerd in me loves this podcast! I listen on my commute or when I’m walking to my class after work. The podcast is a good length for a fast bit of knowledge, and Ms. Fogarty does a great job explaining the material. Thanks, Grammar Girl!
As a professional songwriter & lyricist, I’m always interested in podcasts relating to words, writing, and grammar (although writing lyrics breaks many grammatical rules). Grammar Girl answers questions from listeners. I have emailed her several times and always received a friendly, personal, and helpful reply.
Just discovered Grammar Girl and an itch I didn't know I had for quick bursts of grammar clarification. Just enough information delivered in just the right tone! Thank you!
Super useful and funny
Excellent podcast! Thanks to all Gaurdians of the Grammary!
I love listening to the podcast weekly when driving to and from work. As a professor, I sometimes will assign past podcasts to help my students learn a particular concept quickly and easily. Grammar, to us nerds, is interesting. If you are like me, you will love this weekly podcast.
As a copyeditor, I enjoy GG's tips about our language and how best to use it. I like knowing the history behind everyday words or troublesome words or styles or whatever she shares with us each week. Other editors and linguists contribute to her podcast, which makes the show well-rounded. Thanks, GG, for putting together a full and engaging show for us!
Host Mignon Fogarty brings current grammar issues to life in this very short, intelligent, pleasant podcast. Grammar made fascinating. What's not to love? Highly recommended!
This podcast is great for anyone with even a moderate interest in the English language and its proper usage. I listen while at work, animating for video games and I feel all the smarter for it. As a writer, it has helped me clear up many a misunderstood and misused word or phrase. And Mignon is just a sweet, fun gal to listen to. More than worth giving it your ears!
I am a cab driver in San Francisco. I listen to Grammar Girl in my cab during my downtime at the airport. I feel this is a great use of my time & GG has such a pleasant & her delivery of the information & examples make listening very enjoyable.
The first time it was mentioned on the podcast, it grated on my nerves. The second time it was brought up, my blood pressure spiked. Mignon, please promise never to mention, refer to, or utter under your breath this inane, silly, ridiculous, pointless word.
I only recently discovered that you had podcast. Your website was like a trusted advisor when I was in law school. I now listen to your podcast in many different places, as I have so many to choose from. Thanks for your quick response to question earlier today regarding the correct past tense use of plead. You have the coolest job. Thanks for all you do! Nikki from Maryland.
I’m not a writer, but I am attracted to the rules of language. Thank you for doing this awesomely smart show. Jim in Brea, California.
This podcast is full of great tips as well as a number of deep dives into the etymology of different words and phrases. I enjoy and appreciate both and look forward to listening every week.
As a writer, I love the tips and lessons on the Grammar Girl podcast. I always learn something and look forward to every episode; Mignon is a delight. I love to listen while doing my arm workout! It's the perfect amount of time to get toned arms and continue my journey to be a better writer. From Kim Pillari in New York City
I listen to your podcasts here in Vancouver, WA, just north of Portland, while working in my home office as a Technical Writer. You always keep me up-to-date on grammar changes, show me what I might have been doing wrong all these years, and make me laugh with your occasional puns and jokes. I learn so much from you and your contributors. Thank you for helping me keep my title as "LexiConqueror" among my friends and coworkers.
Grammar Girl is one of my favorite podcasts for three reasons. 1) Ms. Fogerty (Grammar Girl) talks about grammar to improve communication and writing, as well as the history of interesting expressions and the ongoing development of language. She explains the more complicated reasons for a grammar point (including the proper terms for parts of speech), but then offers a simple and straightforward rule to help you remember a grammar point, as well as plenty of clear and easy-to-follow examples. 2) I don't listen to Grammar Girl every week, but instead download six or seven podcasts at a time and listen to them on long drives. As a result, one thing I especially like about the podcast is her voice. Some podcasters speak in very conversational ways, and so they speak at a more variable rate and volume. This sometimes makes it hard to hear parts of the podcast over the noise of the road. You can turn up the volume of course, but when the speaker gets excited, it can suddenly seem like they are yelling at you. However, Grammar Girl has a very "professional sound" - she speaks with genuine interest and excitement, but also very clearly, at a slightly slower rate, and at an even volume. Thus, it is easy to listen to her voice while driving and hear everything she says very clearly. 3) Last, Grammar Girl has a great website where you can search for grammar and writing help. I teach psychology graduate students, who write many papers as well as a dissertation. I often highlight grammar and writing problems in their work, then in a comment explain the problem in a sentence or two and give a link to a Grammar Girl page and podcast to help the student better understand the issue. When I hear a podcast with a good explanation about grammar or clear writing, I can easily search her site to find it later (since I'm driving when I hear it), and add the link to my list of links for students. Again, this is one of my favorite podcasts :)
Your podcast is very well done and perfect for when I’m not sure about “which” or “that”. Very educational and easy to listen to.
I️ listen early in the morning at the gym. Exercising body and grammar
Hi I’m Fei from Beijing, China. It was a coincidence that I found this podcast while i’m working in US two years ago. It is really helpful. As a foreign student I didn’t know any American jokes. when I first got into US I didn’t have a lot friends and my english speaking was very poor. Thanks for the podcast that my English improved a lot. I wish there will be more stuff talking about Americans daily life and introduce how you guys learning English.


Explains and gives examples. Great for learning English and helpful in writing for students. Anyone who’s interested in learning. 👏
Very good well written and interesting
I’ve been listening to Grammar Girl since 2006, when I adopted an active dog, and needed something to listen to on our long walks. He’s an old dog now, but I still listen while walking him - as well as when I’m out to sea on my ship, working for the U.S. Coast Guard, or when running errands. It was the first podcast I’ve ever subscribed, and I love listening to the great tips.
At least someone who explains the little things without being judgmental on one’s intelligence.