Gary Shannon wrote: > 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. We use "pool nazi" at a local pool hall to refer to the girl at the counter. She's known for being ridiculously overzealous about tracking the time.