I’ve just watched this video clip and I highly recommend it.
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I’ve just posted this rant on Google+ and thought it’s worth putting it here too:
and being Jewish I can confirm that the word “nudnik” is absolutely spot on for this.
Originally posted on Sesquiotica:
For once and for all, let’s stop using the term grammar Nazi.
The Nazis were not just people who got all up in your face about small things. Do I even need to tell you about them? Are you really OK with using Nazi as a synonym for meanie or taskmaster or martinet or pedant?
Sure, we need a term for people who simply can’t seem to resist being dicks about other people’s grammar. But I don’t think we need to call them grammar genocidal megalomaniacs. There’s a better term, much better, that was drawn to my attention by one of the language gang on Twitter, @mededitor, who tweeted a flow chart made by David Bradley: “A simple flowchart to avoid becoming a grammar numpty.”
Ah, yes, grammar numpty. As @mededitor explained, “‘Numpty’ is a UK pejorative, meaning chowderhead.” It’s actually a fairly…
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