from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The principles or use of grammar; specifically, a pedantic observance of the rules of grammar.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun rare The principles, practices, or peculiarities of grammarians.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The principles or practices of grammarians.


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

grammarian +‎ -ism


  • People have this reverence for Foster Wallace's grammarianism, but this is no different than people's reverence for grammar-advice textbooks; as has been pointed out many times on this blog, this is a symptom of people's ignorance of the way language actually works combined with the anxiety left over from grade school that they are doing things wrong.

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