You’re Such A Nazi

The word nazi is a fairly uncreative and honestly lightweight pejorative. I mean, the President of the United States would probably never use this word in public to describe his opponents, but people of every stripe apply this word every day to those whom they dislike, most of the time behind their backs, no doubt. Seinfeld’s Soup Nazi is an obvious example of how a word like nazi, which represents years of cataclysmic war and fifty million deaths, still carries weight as an insult, but isn’t nearly as strong as a combo-attack like racist child-molesting dogshit motherfucker. Or if you wanted to take the swears out, you could hit your opponents where it really hurts, in their insecurities, and call them fat ugly no-talent worthless idiots.

But I started wondering, just a moment ago, in Nazi Germany, did the word nazi actually mean a good thing? If one Nazi saw another walking down the street, and the second guy had like a big family with him, and he’s a good prosperous hard-working red-cheeked breadwinner full of smiles, honest and upright and seething with hatred of other races, is the first guy going to clap the second on the shoulder and say, “You know what, Fred? You’re just such a Nazi!” And the second one shakes his head and waves his hands and says, “No way, Bob, you’re too kind!” And Bob says, “Really, I’m serious, you’re the dictionary definition of Nazi, the world would be a much better place if there were more Nazis like you!” And Fred says, “Well, all I can say is that I try very hard to be a Nazi, but I doubt I’ll ever achieve a goal so noble and worthwhile as that.” And Bob says, “Fred, believe me, you already have.” And they shake hands and go their separate ways.

(The word Nazi was actually a pejorative even in Nazi Germany)