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Grammar Nazis, I do not salute you

It might be because I work in publishing and totally unrepresentative of the outside world, but I’ve heard three people describe themselves as grammar Nazis this week. Now, I’d hate to try to out pedant anyone but why on Earth would you think that describing yourself as a Nazi is a cute or clever thing to do?

It’s like nails on a chalkboard for me. I find silly grammatical errors irritating, but I just don’t really see pedantry as a badge of honour, especially when bundled together with connotations of fascism, racism and anti-Semitism. It just makes you sound like a bit of a tool.

Does this annoy anyone else?