When someone says “Don’t go their!” and you say “It’s there, not their!” Usually they’re like “I said there!” You say “No, you said their. I heard you pronounce the “i” in their.” Then they say “Wow are you some kind of Grammar Nazi?!”
How did this term get so popular? Don’t people realize how offensive it is to Holocaust survivors? You can’t compare someone correcting another person’s bad grammar to the atrocities committed by the Schutzstaffel. Yeah because someone pointing out when you’re not using proper punctuation is a lot like putting millions of Jews in a gas chamber and killing them with Zyklon B. I mean it’s not EXACTLY the same, but it’s comparable, right?
No, of course it’s not. If the term is mean to exaggerate the strict nature of grammar rule enforcement then why not call people “Grammar Drill Instructors”? That makes more sense. Sure it doesn’t roll off the tongue as easily, but I think it’s better to throw some extra letters in there than to invoke the name of Hitler’s volksgemeinschaft! And if we’re going to bring Nazis into grammar then why not switch this around? Why not start calling people with bad grammar “Grammar Himmlers”? They’re the ones breaking the rules. We can’t just sit by while these people ruin the English language. What would become of the world?
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