I’m sure some people will think this is a joke…it’s not. I’m being quite serious.
Is there any context in which we call someone a Nazi? Besides of course, when speaking of Nazi Germany. I don’t know about you, but when I see or hear the word “Nazi” I’m not thinking anything positive. I’m thinking Holocaust. I’m thinking World War II. I’m thinking Hitler. What I’m not thinking about is someone who uses proper grammar and points out your mistakes when you make them.
Quite frankly, I find it ridiculous that this is a widely used term. So what if you’re annoyed when someone corrects you? So what if this so-called “Grammar Nazi” is a bit of a jerk correcting every mistake they come across? I’m still not understanding the use of the word “Nazi.” Would you label your high school English teacher as such after she returns your essay full of red ink? No. You wouldn’t.
No one wants to read something littered with grammar mistakes. And if enough people read the same mistakes over and over again, then someone is bound to speak up. I don’t think that person should be labeled anything. Even if this person makes it habit of correcting the grammar of others. So what.
Tell me something, how do you text? I’m talking about text messages that you send to other people. Because I know how you write your blog posts. You likely write the post. Then reread it at least once more just to make sure you catch all of your first draft mistakes before you hit publish. Do you do the same with texts? I do. Just a quick reread to make sure I’m making sense. I mean, I can’t be the only person annoyed by people who send messages like this: “Hey is it kool if i take ur car to work 2day” Yes, I know at least one person who texts like this. And no, I don’t text her. Ever. That little sample message goes beyond grammar, but I’ve found that people who spell everything out use proper grammar and those who don’t, text like that.
I enjoy reading articles, blog posts, and text messages that use proper grammar. And so do you. So let’s stop calling people Grammar Nazis. It’s rather easy.
Feel free to laugh at this post. I really don’t care.