Grammer nazism?

This is a re-post of an old article I wrote on an older blog.  Readers beware.  It contains profound notions, rant material, and a pinch of immaturity.  I’ve edited it a little, just for the sake of strengthening my points.

The grammar nazi logo.

Some terms that people use out here on the worldwide web really irk me.  For example “food porn.”  I’m not going to make a big fuss if someone uses that term (at most, I might stop visiting your cooking blog,) but it does strike me as a little … disturbing.   In the writing world, however, it’s become a bit of a trend for strict grammarians to call themselves “grammar nazis.” And, to further emphasize this trend, a lot of these people proudly sport this logo too.

Someone please explain to me why any sane person would want to parody such a disgustingly hateful symbol like the swastika!

Like many people out there, I feel that it’s important that everyone should know how to use proper English grammar.  Understandably, a lot of people feel extremely passionately about this.  But … to imply that such an extremely passionate person would, say, lock me in a gas chamber to die and then incinerate my body because I forgot to use the Oxford comma?  That’s clearly an exaggeration, and exaggerations can be funny, but this one most certainly isn’t.

Anne Frank

Nonetheless, in a twisted way, I can see how the intent of the term “grammar nazi” was to have some humorous overtones, even if it failed completely.  That considered, how could one even think of making light of the evil nazis, who killed so many innocent human beings during the Holocaust?  Everything about the word “nazi” practically screams hatred, injustice, murder, and violence.  That word, in any context, is nothing to be proud of.

I want all self-appointed “grammar nazis” to think really hard about all the innocent lives that were cut short on account of the original nazi party next time they advertise their grammar nazism to the world.

I am incredibly thankful to G-d that the original nazi party is no longer in power.  Please do your part to make sure their mere name does not live on.

PS. Grammar nazis, I dare you to point out that not once in this entire post did I capitalize “nazi!”

5 thoughts on “Grammer nazism?

  1. Michael Gunter says:

    I agree with you whole-heartedly. Exaggeration of this type is all too common and quite crass.

    However, I do want to m=point out that “nazi” is actually a German contraction for “national communism”. Which actually makes the phrase “grammar nazi” all the more idiotic.


    • Allison the Writer says:

      Nationalistic, communist grammarians….? I’d like to see people calling themselves that.

      Either way, the nazi party movement usurped the term and the symbol associated with it and gave them an ugly, new context. So the fact that people would use them in the context of the new context and actually make light of that is quite sickening.


  2. Chessi Gunter says:

    The problem is that most people no longer bother to think deeply on anything. The name itself is just plain unthinking and crude but surely they could find a better subject to support and use their energy on?

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    • Allison the Writer says:

      Hi, thanks for stopping by! Totally agree with your comment. Reviewing writing requires deep thinking and sensitivity… I wonder if self-proclaimed “grammar nazis” are even qualified to offer feedback if their very name is so unthinking!


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