One of my Faves!!!
I’m a grammar geek. Love these short, sweet episodes. I love the mix of linguistics and history. I’ve learned so much as I listen to this podcast en route to work (30-minute commute).
D. J. Keller Williams
My all-time favorite podcast because I was a Grammar Geek growing up, and I still probably am. It’s so refreshing to listen to Mignon talk about the English language, keep me in line, expand my horizons, and make me laugh. Especially in this day and age (should that include hyphens?), when messaging and social media feel like they’re destroying our ability to write. I’m playing catch-up by listening here in Atlanta nonstop both at the gym and while driving until I’ve gotten through 2017 and 2018. Thanks for the great podcast. I absolutely love the familect stories. But who exactly are Aardvark and Squiggly? Is this a cultural reference I’m not aware of? Or just names you like to use in examples?
Binge-listening to grammar girl has become a daily habit. It’s very informational and educational. I love the bits about word origins and familex (sic), but the parts about correct word usage and other grammar rules are really educational. English is my second language, so writing is a little difficult but listening to grammar girl daily has helped me a lot.
Racist leaning commentary
What in the world is black American English? The English that you refer to has more to do with socioeconomic status and education than it does with race. If I listen to white poor and uneducated people speak English and then decide that is white American English it would be just as ridiculous.
Grammar girl pod
Very well done
Such a fine show
Good for grammar information; bad political views
I used to like listening, and I was able to ignore the obvious left-leaning, liberal political views expressed in a few episodes. But when you have such an obvious fake scientist as "Bill Nye", who has abosolutely zero credentials in real science and call it a science episode (ep: 691, 'Science Rules with Bill Nye'), I have to draw the line. Unsubscribe, and I won't be back.
Well worth it
These shows not only educational, they are downright entertaining. There is always some tidbit that I walk away with. I highly recommend subscribing to this.
Writing style guessing game
Very engaging podcasts. I am almost always learn something new. Lately I have been trying to guess who wrote the article Mignon is sharing based off of the different writing styles. She has a great team and I really enjoy listening.
Excellent Resource as Well as Entertaining!
Michigan Dave 12
I've been a long time listener to Grammar Girl. As a teacher and aspiring writer, I always learn something new and find something to inspire me. I like to listen to GG while I'm on my morning walk. It gets me ready to write when I get back home.
Robotic scripted reading
I am only leaving this review because I would love to give this another try later when the delivery of the message is improved. Maybe other people don’t mind that she just reads from a script the whole time, but I personally find it very difficult to follow when the delivery doesn’t sound conversational or natural. It’s like a cringe-worthy presentation someone makes by completely reading every word, word for word, of very text-heavy PowerPoint slides. I feel like if you’re going to be in the podcast space, you need to up your game. Because this is the first one I’ve come across so far that sounds this stiff and I’ve listened to more technical topics.
Defenestration > Fenestration!
Baseball Stat Wannabe
I write very few reviews, so it takes an exceptional podcast -- good or bad -- to move me to write. This has been one of my "must listen" weekly podcasts for a decade now, so it is well worth your time. It is one of the few parts of my weekly commute that I look forward to!
One of Minon's personal remarks was about the phrase "the defenestration of Prague," which was coined to commemorate people being thrown through a window in 1618 at the start of the Thirty Year's war.
Imagine my glee to be watching "Building off the Grid: Lake Superior" on the DIY channel when the architect / owner, after finishing installing windows and moving on to the cabin's siding, talked about horizontal, wind-driven rain being a concern for the "fenestation and building wrapping!" Yes, I learned a vocabulary word AND was able to recognize it again!! Thanks!!
Fun, accessible, and nonjudgmental.
Mignon Fogarty obviously enjoys linguistics and her style helps to share that enthusiasm with her listeners. I’ve listened in the car for a few years and love this podcast. I’m just a word junkie, not a linguist or professional writer, and find it to be just as thorough as needed for any given topic with examples that make everything clear. It’s the perfect length: never so condensed that I’m left scratching my head trying to remember grammar terms from high school English and never so long that new episodes back up in the feed until I find the elusive time to really concentrate and catch up.
Plus it’s a welcome, non-political break from the dozen other podcasts in my feed chronicling the collapse of our democracy!
One of the most “Original” podcasts out there
Victor In LA
As the English language (and grammar) are going downhill and fast, this podcast sheds light on grammar, key words, phrases, meaning of words, application and usage to understand and communicate better.
The content is niche but high quality and very original. Give the Grammar Girl a WELL deserved listen
Great info and entertaining
Grammar often gets a bad rap of being a dry and boring subject. Mignon keeps it interesting and educational in a reasonable amount of time to hold your attention.
I had never known that some languages have different words for different shades of blue. In North Carolina many of us regurly use two different words for when referring to certain shades of blue - Carolina Blue or Duke Blue.
Good Content, Hard For Me To Listen
While I found the content interesting and helpful, I unsubscribed because I found the speaking style too hard for me to listen. I believe it is called “vocal fry”. That is my only criticism and I feel a little bad expressing it as Grammar Girl is positive and helping people better themselves.
Very informative show! And fun to listen to.
Recently, sightings report a character with an uncanny resemblance to a certain squiggly wearing chocolate all over and a funky looking Christmas sweater. By the way, this is one of my favorite podcasts of all time.
A Smart Podcast
As my boyfriend said when I introduced him
to Grammar Girl on a road trip, “Thank goodness, a podcast that doesn’t treat you like an idiot!”
I enjoy the variety of grammar topics covered.
Quick and Engaging
SM in US
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!!
Definitely worth the listen
Grammar Girl is amazing! I started listening because I'm a high school English teacher, but now I listen because each episode is supremely interesting. Every time I listen, I learn something new! I've also discovered myself referencing segments in conversations with friends and coworkers. Everyone should listen to Grammar Girl!
How many languages DON’T use numbers?
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)
Why does a show on grammar need to have a political slant? I enjoyed the show for quite a while until I got tired of the political jabs.
Change of pace
Carol from Kentucky
Grammar Girl is a great break from intense podcasts on current affairs. It’s relaxed, pleasant and interesting — a sweet mix of linguistics, history and advice on communication in English.
Grammar Girl is great!
GG is a fantastic way to learn about language.
One of my favorite podcasts
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!
What’s dirty about it?
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.
Fun, Interesting, Practical
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 for 12 wonderful years.
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.
Always the best
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?
Word Nerds Unite!
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!
Interesting language podcast
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!
Good grammar but strange pronunciation
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.
Good educational content
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!
Excellent service to the community
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.
Keeps me on the up and up
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!
Super easy listen but hard to find previous episodes
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!
indispensable writing advice
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.
You may it so simple
Annoyed and disturbed
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 ;>
Tremendous resource for kids too
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!
Quick & Dirty podcast
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.