Lively post on GrammarBlog about a war of the words that erupted in the comments section of a blog at the Washington Post. Here’s an excerpt of the comments:
Grammar nazis–stay home.
Posted by: IggyPop | October 26, 2006 12:59 PM
grammar nazis need not apply
Posted by: | October 26, 2006 12:59 PM
Grammar Afficionados [sic] WELCOME.
If we can’t depend on the press to use our language correctly, we’re doomed.
Posted by: | October 26, 2006 01:07 PM
Afficionados is snob language for jerk; two people agreed that the term grammar nazis was appropriate at the exact same time. Case closed!
Posted by: | October 26, 2006 01:09 PM
You have to be kidding to think that pointing out the incorrect use of two third grade words is Grammar Nazi behavior.
This blog reads like an elementary school paper.
If you don’t want professionalism, read the Washington Times.
Posted by: Grammar Nazi | October 26, 2006 02:20 PM
This gives me an opportunity to ask a question I’ve been wondering about. The term grammar nazi: yea or nay?
Well-documented that MRP prefers the term word nerd as being a more neutral, family-friendly term. Language Log has an interesting discussion about the use of the word nazi to describe anyone who is militant about something (a la Seinfeld’s Soup Nazi).
What do people think?