from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A pedantic, inferior grammarian.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A petty grammarian; a grammatical pedant or pretender.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A petty or pitiful grammarian; one who insists upon the minutest grammatical niceties.
“But great writers are fallible!”, cries the grammaticaster*, ignoring the implication in this that the grammaticaster is substantially more aware of the rules of our language than its best writers.
Unfortunately, the loudest grammar snobs are the ones who’ve put the least research into their opinions, and so, for every ten people quietly aware that infinitives can and sometimes should be split, there’s one vocal grammaticaster shouting over them that split infinitives are an abomination in the eyes of Pope.