Reviews For Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

Every week I look forward to Grammar Girl’s short dives (most are less than 15 minutes) into word usage, rules, and a little history. Mignon reads widely across these topics so you don’t have to! Her podcast is really easy for general audiences to follow but so informative that even listeners who are well educated in grammar and etymology will still learn new things. Advice is always smart and practical, never dry or stodgy.
I nearly always learn something new! Or it confirms an idea that I have. Would love to hear one on “bold-faced vs. bald-faced” I’ve always thought it was bold, but 2-3 times I’ve heard it as Bald in presentations or podcasts. Could I have been wrong all this time?! Grammar Girl, please help!!
This podcast entertains while informing. (Learn about “middle voice,” for instance.) In my (most recent) favorite, I learned that not every language uses numbers! How does THAT work in a culture? Mignon can tell you. (10/11/2018)
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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”? :)
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.
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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!
Super useful and funny
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!
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 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 :)
I️ listen early in the morning at the gym. Exercising body and grammar

5/5

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
At least someone who explains the little things without being judgmental on one’s intelligence.
For a long time i was not into podcast, after listening and learning about things in grammar I never thought about. I can say I’m hooked I listen on my daily walk on nile shore in Khartoum, Sudan in case I ever get featured on the show 😬
I love this podcast. It’s always informative!
I love this podcast! It doesn’t require a long time commitment and provides useful information and interesting tidbits. Re: Thingamajigs A friend had a kitchen gadget I later learned is called a flexible whisk. We were cooking together and she asked me to pass her the hoobywabber. That was a new place holder name to me! It’s a great kitchen tool and now I have one. My husband and I call it a hoobywabber, a word we only use for that particular device. I listen to your podcast while bumbling around, frequently in my kitchen, at home in South Carolina. -Java
This podcast have been helping me for several years. I studied law in Mexico City and had an average proeficiency of the English language then; Grammar Girl helped me to master it as well as I master Spanish language. I keep learning and refreshing my English skills, definitly is a great tool to become a true educated bilingual. One interesting note, sometimes her observations had make me to look closely to some Spanish rules and rediscover Spanish grammar.

5/5

By Mhrezai
It’s such a great podcast, helpful, and informative. I always!!! 😉 listen to podcasts on my bed, they make me fall asleep, but your podcast makes me all wide awake 🙂, I should change its time supposably. I listen to your podcast in Iran, middle-east. Tnx🌹
Grammar Girl is one of my favorite podcasts because of how easy and accessible it is to grammar nerds and non-grammar nerds alike. I'm working on an M.A. in English (Comp/Rhet) at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, and I usually listen in the mornings as a way to prime myself for homework. It helps me get into the mindset I need to do readings or write out a quick paper. I also used GG blogs and tips online to help my writing when I was at Cameron University (Lawton, OK) for a different degree, and I suggested it to all my friends who needed grammar help. Now I'm going to suggest the podcast to them. Thanks for great content!
​ My first language is Spanish, and this podcast helps me to get the most of the language, I'd being listening since college. They show me this on the web. Yes I still write grammar mistakes but everyday I'm going to improve. Grammargirl takes care of the audience always answering questions, almost instantly, wow; I was surprise. I always listen in my car during my commute or while waiting for long periods of time, I use it as meditation, education and hobby. This is good even for ESL. Even if don't understand in the beginning some day you will, because "we repeat what we remember and remember what we repeat" (by grammarGirl). Thanks again.
I love this podcast. It is full of neat tidbits and useful information. It's been extremely helpful in writing professional correspondence. In fact, I typically listen to Grammar Girl at work from the great State of Maine.
I've been to listening to GG for several years now. It's one of the best podcasts out there. It's educational and a lot of fun. I highly recommend this for professional writers and speakers, but anyone who loves the English language will enjoy this podcast too.
As a middle school teacher, I often incorporate these tidbits into my lessons. My students and I benefit from GG's tips. Thanks for keeping us up-to-date on writing tips and trends with your research!
I enjoy listening while I work, remodeling homes in Portland, Oregon. It helps me stay on top of language nuances, and provides thought experiments.
Love the show! I enjoy the subject matter. The host is incredibly knowledgeable!
I love this podcast, but the host pronounces every word that has an "ag" like "ayg." For example: Hashtayg (Hashtag); Flayg (Flag). It wouldn't bother me in real life being that it is just the way that she speaks, but because her words are the topic of the podcast, it really stands out.
I last sat in an English course some years ago but have found writing skills are one of the most critical skills when in any number of circumstances, but sometimes a refresher is needed. That need brought me to this show. It is terrific that these podcasts are informative, short, and help provide insights for better writing.
When you speak you make these spit noises and they send shivers down my spine when you speak. It's like asmr but it's unpleasant. You can google ways to make sure your mouth isn't dry like chewing gum and drinking water before recording. Otherwise I'm restricted to listening without headsets and it still bothers me then. I'm sure I'm not the only one this bothers.
Each week I look forward to learning more about a certain grammar rule or an English phrase. I also share episodes with friends who come to me with grammar questions because Grammar Girl explains things better than me. I love grammar and I love this opportunity to expand my knowledge each week. Thank you!
I write for a living, and this podcast is such a great way to learn a new nugget each week or just get a refresher on an important grammar rule. I know what fun grammar can be, and it's such a delight to hear a podcast by someone who shares that sense of fun with the language. It's also great when my kids listen in the car with me. Not only are they learning, they're also learning that grammar is a priority. Thank you, Grammar Girl!
Grammar Girl is an excellent podcast that shares numerous tips and tricks to greatly advace your writing and style. It has taken my writing farther (Or is that actually further) than ever before. Thanks Grammar Girl. I hope you read this on the podcast
I've googled Grammar Girl's advice for years, and has saved me countless times. Over the past year, I've been catching up on her podcast, and they should be required listening for anyone who wants to improve their English skills. She does a great job of thoroughly explaining confusing rules and common mistakes most of us make. Thanks GG!
When I began studying English as a second language, I became obsessed with grammar, my then weakest skill. This podcast has been an eye-opener to all what's necessary to consider when writing; it has even helped with my first language! I love the fact that episodes are short and explanations succinct without losing depth. Thank you and keep up the good work!
Mignon does a great job with this. My grandmother was an English professor, hence my mother was a grammar nazi. I thought I knew my stuff but, I learn something from Grammar Girl almost every week. I write a lot of technical information in my job and find the podcast really useful.