Whats in a word


[Jo] This makes me smile. Mostly because I know people who get really bent out of shape about things like this. Ha ha. As an aside I do think we are inclined to use the term Nazi quite loosely these days… seeing as there is no Nazi party anymore. Lowercase nazi doesn’t really mean anything… ie. Nazi… a member on the Nazi party. I don’t think you even really use it as a lowercase adjective… (the things I think about when I’m waiting for markets to open)

I mean being an actual Nazi is quite a horrific thing. Why do we cheapen its effect and meaning by using it quite carelessly. Do we actually mean Grammar fascist? That doesn’t really make sense to me either…

In any event. If you care about the English language so passionately that incorrect grammar upsets you, I’m sorry that you get lumped together with this particular ideology. In all honesty… I don’t even really understand the idiom of ‘there, there’ when comforting someone anyway… If you want to comfort me… slip me $20. That will almost always cheer me up. Unless of course I though my grief was worth at least $50.



  1. tara caribou

    October 24, 2018 at 10:17 am

    I’m one of those grammar people. Sorry, but I’m actually not. I think ‘there, there’ is just simply a comforting sound like a gentle humming in the throat. And yeah, I’ve also wondered about the whole Nazi reference. I mean, I get it, but it does seem to lessen the gravity of their religion. IMO.

    1. Jo

      October 24, 2018 at 10:31 am

      I find comforting people quite difficult. I never really know what to say… I guess, ‘there, there’, is as good as anything. Better than ‘potato, potato’.

      1. tara caribou

        October 24, 2018 at 10:52 am

        Sure. Here’s the key to comforting: you don’t need to say anything at all nine times out of ten. Just your presence is worth a thousand words. Truly. Simple is better. A heartfelt: I’m sorry, goes a long, long way.

  2. saynotoclowns

    November 3, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    I just noticed I’m not following you. WP has this adorable way of completely messing with my mind.

    And I agree. Grief is most likely worth at least $50.
    Oh, and also about the nazi thing.

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