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    "What's In a Name?"

    June 16, 2006  |   By Mr Tea


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    This is a nifty piece of software, a fact that is becoming obscured by all the knee-jerk reactions to its humorously descriptive name. Perhaps Americans have a different relationship with the word Nazi to British folk. Over here, we don't automatically assume that using the word indicates approval of Adolf Hitler and his National Socialist party's policies against Jewish and other non-aryan peoples. (Similarly, we don't automatically associate the word 'Jew' with the murder, oppression and forced relocation of Palestinians.)

    It is, after all, more than sixty years since Hitler and his armies were defeated. The word has subsequently become dissociated from its original form as an abbreviation of 'National Socialist' and now simply means someone with prejudiced and inflexible opinions that they want to impose on everybody else - hardly an endorsement of the original users. Why give the word power and status by getting all screwed up about it? There are far more serious, contemporary and relevant issues to get your knickers in a twist about.

    Around 1500 years before Adolf started doing his thing, another bunch of war-mongering Germanic Aryans called 'Vandals' were making themselves unpopular in mainland Europe and North Africa. They too were defeated, and no-one seems unduly disturbed by the fact that the word 'vandal' now means someone mindlessly destructive. Surely we don't need to wait another 15 centuries before we are free to use 'nazi' as a derogatory term without bringing a bunch of hysterical, hand-wringing fools out of the woodwork.

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