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On Mon, May 25, 2009 at 5:50 PM, And Rosta <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Gary Shannon, On 20/05/2009 03:47:
>>
>> On Tue, May 19, 2009 at 1:13 PM, Jörg Rhiemeier <[log in to unmask]>
>> wrote:
.....
>>> Concurred, though your use of the word "Nazi" raises a bullshit flag
>>> in me.  Such usage is disrespectful towards the victims of the *real*
>>> Nazis.
>>
>> No disrespect intended. This is said in the spirit of Seinfeld's "Soup
>> Nazi", <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soup_Nazi> and in keeping with
>> the common usage on many, if not most, English-language
>> non-linguistics forums and mailing lists where the term "Grammar Nazi"
>> (as defined here
>> <http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Grammar%20Nazi>)
>> is used without any intended reference to anything connected with or
>> relating to real-world Nazis.
>
> I think the objection is not that any user of the term is intending
> disrespect, but rather that the term 'grammar nazi' dilutes Nazism or
> Naziness to something merely resembling bossiness (rather than, say,
> industrialized murderousness), and furthermore, less seriously but still
> important to me,.

Granted. I see your point. As a practical matter, however, the terms
"soup nazi" and "grammar nazi" have passed into common usage, for
better or for worse, and the matter is out of our hands.

--gary