On a recent Daily Show episode, Jon Stewart pointed out that pundits have used the word “Nazi” when speaking about President Obama’s birth control policy. But that’s far from the only time the other N-word has been slung: Republicans call President Obama a Nazi. Democrats called former president George Bush a Nazi. Director Lars Van Trier called himself a Nazi (albeit retracted).
But are they Nazis, really?
As the granddaughter of concentration camp survivors, as well as an extremely persknickety copy editor, I feel strongly that the right terminology should apply to the right situation.
So to sort the men from the übermench, I’ve created this handy flow chart that should let you—and your invective-slinging enemies—know where you stand.