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MemeStatusConfirmedType:SlangYear1995Originalt.gothic newsgroupTagsspelling, grammar, online behavior, trolling, discussion forums, pejorative, jezebel's groupthink, neatorama, jeff rubinAdditional ReferencesEncyclopedia DramaticaUrban Dictionary



Grammar Nazi or Grammar Police refers to someone who habitually corrects grammar and / or spelling mistakes made by others in conversation, both on & offline. In most cases, the term carries a negative connotation of either being a buzzkiller who ruins a good joke by getting too technical or a n00b who is gullible enough to be irritated by a Grammar Trap, an intentional use of incorrect grammar for the purpose of trolling.


One of the earliest archived uses of "grammar nazi" appeared on the newsgroup alt.gothic<1> on January 19th, 1995. The post was made by Marc Savlov, who used the phrase to call out poster Charles Burns for correcting someone else"s use of the word "thusly," as "thus" is already an adverb & does not need the "-ly" suffix. The post generated eight replies of mixed opinions, with some making fun of the original poster and others commending his dedication khổng lồ proper language.



Between 1996 & 2004, Usenet posters either called each other out for being overly harsh about other people"s spelling & grammar on alt.creative.writing<4>, comp.sys.mac.advocacy<6> and alt.language.<8> During the same time period, some posters even reveled in the title, acknowledging their passion for proper language on alt.showbiz.gossip<2>, alt.religion.wicca<3>, alt.newlywed<5> & comp.os.linux.misc.

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<7> On October 9th, 2004, the first YTMND site<21> criticizing grammar nazis was created (shown below), gaining more than 2,300 views as of September 2013. By 2008, the term began to lớn appear on 4chan<22>, as both a pejorative insult<23> & a self-identifying term for a person upset over someone"s language.<24>


Notable Examples

Notable Derivatives

As more and more people began embracing the term "Grammar Nazi," the once taboo word "Nazi" became associated with fanaticism in general, spawning several derivative compound nouns in which it is used as a suffix to denote overzealousness.

National Punctuation Day

National Punctuation Day<9> was established in August 2004 by professional speaker Jeff Rubin. As of September 2013, the annual sự kiện has more than 700 likes on Facebook.<10> Inspired by errors in newspapers & magazines, fans have submitted photos of signs with improper punctuation<11> khổng lồ the site since its inception. In 2006, the holiday was moved khổng lồ September 24th & has since been featured on dozens of sites for local news, magazines & mainstream news.<12> In the early 2000s, the holiday was added to Chase"s Calendar of Events<13>, an authoritative source on observances created in 1957.


In 2013, National Punctuation Day was featured on a number of news sites và internet culture blogs including the New Yorker<14>, the Huffington Post<15>, Neatorama<16>, Jezebel"s Groupthink<17>, The Atlantic<18> & the Mary Sue<19>, who highlighted a semicolon shaped meatloaf made by Jeff Rubin"s wife, Norma (shown below).

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<20> On September 24th, National Punctuation Day was mentioned on Twitter<25> more than 7,700 times<26> and generated dozens of posts on Tumblr<27> and Facebook.<28>