Did You Know?
'Grammar Pedantry Syndrome' is a form of OCD where someone has a compulsive desire to correct every grammatical error.
People suffering from grammar pedantry syndrome or GPS get extremely annoyed by grammatical mistakes and feel the urge to correct each and every one of them. What exactly causes this condition? And could it be dangerous to one's health?
You won’t find the definition of grammar pedantry syndrome (GPS) on Wikipedia, but this doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist. In fact, recent studies suggest that this syndrome is a real illness, and possibly even a form of OCD. Let’s go into more detail on that.
Grammatical mistakes can be found everywhere. Native speakers make them; non-natives make them even more often. In fact, if you spend a day without stumbling upon any grammatical mistake online or offline, then you must be very lucky.
Many people spot these mistakes, but those who have grammar pedantry syndrome are particularly annoyed by them and experience an inexplicable urge to correct them. If you have a friend who corrects every mistake you make, or have met such people online, it’s likely they have GPS.