You might have heard this expression before and wonder what this is all about.
In a nutshell, a grammar nazi is a person who knows the difference between "there," "their" and "they're."
More seriously, though, it is a person who uses proper grammar at all times, esp. online: in emails, chat rooms, instant messages and web-board posts; It is someone who believes it's their duty to attempt to correct any grammar and/or spelling mistakes they spot.
If these definitions don't convince you, let's watch this short clip.
(You can find the script below)
Which means a better outcome for everyone, Ladies and Gentlemen that concludes my presentation on the healthy homes and hospitals program or “Haitch” [HEALTHY] “Haitch” [HOMES] “Haitch” [HOSPITALS]. Any questions?
How did you say your acronym again?
Its “Haitch” [HEALTHY] “Haitch” [HOMES] “Haitch” [HOSPITALS].
Bloody Hell, you just shot Ian!
It’s pronounced “Aitch”. Not “Haitch”. “Haitch”.
You can’t shoot him just for that.
I just did. Anyways, my company I can do what I like.
But we all signed the: No Bullying In the Workplace Pledge with “pacifically” bans physical violence.
What did you say?
I said: “pacifically” bans physical violence.
Its “specifically”, with an “S”. “Specifically”.
Bloody Hell Tony will you stop shooting people for saying things wrong.
You! What are you drinking?
It’s an “expresso”.
The word is “espresso”.
Stop it, Tony!
Oh, come on Luke you know very well I killed my own wife for ironically saying “mispronunciation”. If I apply rigorous standards at home, I see no reason why the same standards shouldn’t apply in the workplace.
Why do you have to shoot them? Why can’t you just sack them?
Um, uh, I never thought of that. I guess, I suppose I could. It’s just the red mist tends to descend whenever I’m confronted with “ignorami”.
Actually, Tony, I think you’ll find it’s “Ignoramuses”.
It’s from the Latin: we are ignorant. That makes it a verb, not a noun.
Oh no. What have I done?
Blimey, at least that will stop him shooting whoever he likes.
Written by Agnieszka Kansy