What Does GRAMMARSPLAIN Mean in a Text?

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GRAMMARSPLAIN means "A Grammar Enthusiast Condescendingly Explaining the Intricacies of Grammar." It is used on social media to describe a grammar enthusiast who condescendingly explains the intricacies of grammar, especially when doing so to a language teacher.

GRAMMARSPLAIN is a combination of the words "Grammar" and "Explain." It was inspired by the term Mansplain, which has also given rise to an ever-growing list of similar terms, including:
  • Dietsplain - A devotee of a particular diet explaining the "scientifically-proven benefits" of their way of eating (especially to a dietitian).
  • Fitsplain - A gym or fitness class member explaining fitness training (especially to a fitness coach or personal trainer).
  • Gaysplain - A gay person condescendingly explaining gay issues.
  • Straightsplain - A straight person explaining LGBT issues to a gay person.
  • Trumpsplain - A supporter of former president Trump defending his record.


When I write GRAMMARSPLAIN, I mean this:


"A Grammar Enthusiast Condescendingly Explaining the Intricacies of Grammar"

Summary of Key Points

"A Grammar Enthusiast Condescendingly Explaining the Intricacies of Grammar" is the most common definition for GRAMMARSPLAIN on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:A Grammar Enthusiast Condescendingly Explaining the Intricacies of Grammar
Guessability:guessability level 2

2: Quite easy to guess

Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

An Academic Look at GRAMMARSPLAIN

As it is formed by merging two words into one, GRAMMARSPLAIN is a portmanteau word. It is a combination of the words Grammar and Explain.

GRAMMARSPLAIN can also be considered a neologism (i.e., a newly coined word or term which has emerged into everyday usage). Some neologisms are formally accepted into mainstream language (at which point, they cease to be neologisms), and some wither until they can longer be considered everyday terms. A neologism can be:
  • A completely new word (e.g., oversharers).
  • A new combination of existing words (e.g., digital detox).
  • A new meaning for an existing word (e.g., sick).

Example of GRAMMARSPLAIN Used in a Text

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