Grammar Jokes You’ll Only Get If You’re an English Language Expert

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Do you swoon over punctuation debates? Do you passionately defend the use of the Oxford comma? Are you constantly correcting people’s spelling and syntax (under your breath, of course, so as not to seem rude)? Then you, my friend, are a grammar nerd. Some people like to call themselves grammar nazis– but I think in this day and age, we should probably avoid that term if possible.

Nerds are knowledgeable and excited about the grammar conundrums they encounter every single day. Grammar nerds might feel a chill run down their spines when they see the “10 items or less” lane at the grocery store because they know it should read “10 items or fewer.” Grammar nerds know the difference between you’re and your and there/their/they’re. They don’t even have to think twice when they’re writing these words out. If you fall into this category, you will relate to these tweets.

Just as Batman says…

“Good grammar is essential, Robin.” And think he’s talking directly to me since my name is also Robin. You don’t have to tell me how important grammar is, though! I agree! And so do the nerds who wrote the tweets below.

Farther vs. further

If your date messes up their grammar, that is forgivable. But if they walk away in the middle of your explanation, that’s the end of the line, baby!

Comma placement

Ignoring the fact that the first sentence is a run-on, the point is an important one. It’s like that age-old example: I just ate, Grandma! I just ate Grandma!

Oxford comma

You never get rid of the Oxford comma! How dare you? You reword and restructure your tweet as much as you need, but you keep that Oxford comma in there.

When you find a typo

This is a bit dramatic considering the person you texted probably doesn’t live directly next to you, but yeah, you might want to change your name.

Knock knock

Wow, this a cruel joke to play on people. But I am totally going to use it.

Message in a bottle

You don’t deserve to be saved if you can’t use proper grammar. Just kidding.

Shouldn’t have

This is an egregious error and just thinking about it sends shivers down my spine.

Either one

Red alert! Red alert! Either one is not fine! I repeat: not fine!

Em dash

I am so guilty of this. The em dash is so sexy! So versatile! What a showstopper!


I love this joke. It’s a comfort to know that there have been annoying grammar nerds since at least the 1600s.

Marley and Me

This is hilarious! However, as a grammar nerd, I do have to point out that Marley and Me is actually correct.


Who was in charge of capitalizing this ad, President Donald Trump? It looks like one of his tweets.


Love a good punctuation joke. And this is a very solid one.

Who vs. whom

Sure, yeah, there are actual scenarios where whom is correct, but I’m not going to pretend like this grammar tip isn’t also totally true.

New Year

See, this can get confusing because it is “New Year’s Eve,” but that’s because it is the eve of the new year. Just one. Thank you for coming to my TED talk.


Um, I love this so much. Use the semicolon with abandon; it’s a genius and pretty flexible punctuation mark!

Love language

I am a grammar nerd who doesn’t always necessarily use correct capitalization and punctuation in text messages, but I respect the hell out of anyone who does.

Mixed emotions

Oh, boy. This dad must be so conflicted right now. I do not envy him.

Read less emails

If you can count them, it’s “fewer.” If you can count them, it’s “fewer.” If you can count them, it’s “fewer.” If you can count them, it’s “fewer.” If you can count them, it’s “fewer.” If you can count them, it’s “fewer.”

Grammar genie

Use “were” for hypothetical situations! I love the idea of a genie that goes around granting people very literal wishes based on their grammar errors.

The grammar police

If you don’t love me at my worst, you don’t deserve me at my best. (My worst when I correct your grammar.)

The comma feeling

Yes, there are hard-and-fast rules in place regarding comma usage, but every once in a while, you have to just let them flow out of you. Go with your gut. Commas are art. Commas are life.

Don’t you?

Yes. Yes, I do.

The gift that keeps on giving

This is like one of those Highlights magazine hidden pictures, but for grammar errors. I count three errors. How many can you find?


This is a great joke, but it’s also a good reminder to check your parts of speech when you are using a thesaurus!

Typo-negative blood

This tweet, much like my typo-negative blood, gives me life. I love it.


This is funny but also cringe-worthy! I’d rather not be associated with those people at all.

Ironic quotation marks

When did we start using quotation marks ironically? I’m genuinely curious about this. If you have the answer, hit me up.

Commas aren’t people

Of course, there should be a comma in there. Share this with the biggest grammar nerd you know!