Thursday 24 September 2015

Why not Grammar obsessive/fetish instead of Grammar nazi?

The word Nazi in 'Grammar nazi' leaves me a bit disturbed. Whenever I come across that phrase, I stop and completely oblivious of the first part of the phrase, start contemplating the second part. 'Nazi' brings to my mind holocaust, gas chambers and The Boy in Striped Pyjamas. It makes me sad and gloomy. Not always but most of the times. I wonder who coined this phrase! Yes, I can hear you when you think that I am making a mountain out of a mole-hill but aren't words powerful? Don't they have the power to bring memories? Don't they pierce?

Words are powerful and make a deep impact, if you know what I mean. There are many such terms which evoke gory memories and ill-fated times. A word is enough to transport the mind to memories that are tinged with sorrow and hurt. The words, ''rainbow,'' alongside bringing the picture of seven lovely stripes set in a curve also bring pictures of the LGBT community and their struggles. So the rainbow is not a rainbow alone!

Many of us know the oft-quoted saying, ''Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,'' but the pain caused by sticks and stones will pass unlike the hurt caused by words. It sears, lives and throbs within the crevices of the mind.

So, next time you utter something, dear reader, pause. think. utter.

Leaving you with a personal favourite number, Words by Boyzone


  1. Thats an interesting thought Susan...never gave it a thought to Grammar Nazi like that ! But true - words leave a more deeper impact than physical scars.

    1. Yes Uma and we are so callous about using them casually.

      Thanks for stopping by, dear Uma.

  2. This is why I enjoy your writing so much. You reflect on the simplest of things and bring a new insight to them.
    Wish I visited you more often.

    1. I wished I wrote more often. A huge sigh!

      Glad to see you here after a long time.

  3. It irks me too! People use the word Nazi for a lot of things, its because they dont really think about the real meaning of the word.. to them its equal to someone just smacking a rod down on a table to correct someone... Its awful how they dont stop to think about how evil Nazis really were. Just out of curiority.. is your blog header supposed to repeat horizontally? Hello!! first time here!

    1. Thanks for coming by dear Quiet Girl.

      It's a pleasure to see people here for I rarely write and check comments. A pleasure.

      I am clueless about the header. Let me check.

      Thanks for leaving your thoughts.

      Joy always.

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