View Poll Results: Do you think the term "nazi" is legitimate to use?

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  • Yes, it's only an abbrevation of "national socialist"

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  • No, because it's an Allied term

    3 8.82%
  • No, because it has become a pejorative term used by anti-racists

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  • It depends on the context

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    The Term "Nazi"

    Do you think the term "nazi" is legitimate to use?

    Yes, it's only an abbrevation of "national socialist"
    No, because it's an Allied term
    No, because it has become a pejorative term used by anti-racists
    It depends on the context?

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    Why not? Nazis called themselves Nazis back then. Negative or positive meaning is a matter of the subtext.

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    Depends on the context, there are no real Nazi's anymore the ones that call themself Nazi's today are people that would have got killed in Nazi Germany.
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    Yes, I do think it allright to call national-socialists nazi's. I however use more the term national-socialist since it is irritating to anti-facists.

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    It depends on the context in my opinion. Many liberal anti-racists and multi-culturalists like to use the term "nazi" for people who do not share their new world order views and ideas. Though, the word nazi is best used to describe someone who is racist and intolerant of others, I don't see it as a relevant term nowadays since a Nazi was a person who was a part of Hitler's army back in the wars. Neo-Nazi however could be used to describe a person who shares the views of the former. Though, neo-nazi and nazi is mainly a term used nowadays as a weasel-word/term to discredit a person based on their own bias views and opinions.
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    The term Nazi is so overused and misused that I prefer to use NSDAP instead.

    For an interesting study of its overuse see this page on Godwin's Law:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwins_law

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    Quote Originally Posted by FinstererStreiter View Post
    Why not? Nazis called themselves Nazis back then. Negative or positive meaning is a matter of the subtext.
    That's sort of what I'd answer too. Sometimes I use Nazi, or neo-Nazi, the latter since I'm differentiating the modern day Nationalsocialists from the "old school" Nazis, NSDAP members.

    But here is something interesting I wasn't aware of:

    In some dialects in southern Bavaria the word predates the rise of any National Socialist party or ideolgy, and means a (comically) clumsy man, buffoon.
    http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_does_...Nazi_stand_for

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    I remember reading somewhere that Goebbels considered it a pejorative term and discouraged its use. I would not mind being called one, though, because I realize that those who were called that then stood for ideals greater than the snot-nosed brat calling me a Nazi could ever conceive of.

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