1. A person who uses proper grammar at all times, esp. online in emails, chatrooms, instant messages and webboard posts; a proponent of grammatical correctness. Often one who spells correctly as well.

2. a – A person who believes proper grammar (and spelling) should be used by everyone whenever possible. b – One who attempts to persuade or force others to use proper grammar and spelling. c – One who uses proper grammar and spelling to subtly mock or deride those who do not; an exhibitor of grammatical superiority. d – One who advocates linguistic clarity  e – One who corrects others’ grammar; the spelling police.

If you can read this without flinching, you are not a Grammar Nazi

However if you wish to use standard form learn these:


Every name is called a NOUN,
As field and fountain, street and town;

In place of noun the PRONOUN stands
As he and she can clap their hands;

The ADJECTIVE describes a thing,
As magic wand and bridal ring;

The VERB means action, something done –
To read, to write, to jump, to run;

How things are done, the ADVERBS tell,
As quickly, slowly, badly, well;

The PREPOSITION shows relation,
As in the street, or at the station;

CONJUNCTIONS join, in many ways,
Sentences, words, or phrase and phrase;

The INTERJECTION cries out, ‘Hark!
I need an exclamation mark!’

Through Poetry, we learn how each
of these make up THE PARTS OF SPEECH.


Pronouns are our stand in words;

They play the part of nouns–

Proper ones like Bill or Jim,

And common ones like town.

He is one, and him and it–

They fit in anywhere

And do their work so quietly

We hardly know they’re there.


The period is a busy man.
A small round traffic cop.
He blocks the helter-skelter words
And brings them to a stop.


The question mark’s a tiny girl,
She’s small but very wise;
She asks too many questions
For a person of her size.

Of all the punctuation folk,
I like the comma best.
For when I’m getting out of breath
He lets me take a rest.

Quotation marks are curious.
When friendly talk begins
You’ll always find these little marks
Are busy listening in.

The exclamation mark’s an elf,
Who is easily excited.
When children laugh or cry or scream
It’s then he’s most delighted.


A noun’s the name of anything
Like house, or garden, boat or swing.

Instead of nouns you may prefer
The pronouns you, or I, or her.

Adjectives tell the kind of noun
As great or small or black or brown.

Verbs tell something to be done:
To read or count, sing, laugh or run.

How things are done the adverbs tell
As slowly, quickly, ill or well.

Conjunctions join two words together
As men and women or wind and weather.

Prepositions go before a noun
As in or through or under or around.

An interjection shows surprise
As Oh! How pretty, or Ah! How wise.

The whole are called eight parts of speech,
Which reading, writing and speaking teach.