Russia questions ‘grammar Nazi’ for fascist links

Overzealous Russian officials seeking to purge the country of images of swastikas and other symbols of fascism have interrogated the head of a company who organises a spelling contest over his suspected links to “grammar Nazis.”

“They asked me how I feel about people who make [grammatical] mistakes, and if I feel the desire to exterminate them,” said Alexei Pavlovsky in a Facebook post that received wide attention in Russia.

  • Minicapt

    This would be an investigation by the Nyekulturni Nazis.


  • Drunk_by_Noon

    The NKVD never had spelling bees.
    Russians can have very strong emotional reactions to some very odd, or seemingly innocent things, and it’s mostly unpredictable.
    They really have not a clue that any of this looks funny to anyone outside of Russia.
    I’m sure their concern might actually be legitimate, or at least honest (in their own minds).

  • tom_billesley

    Not grammar fascism, but the French have a horror of the their language being polluted by English. They even passed a law, the 1994 Loi Turbon. The Académie Française approves French neologisms where necessary to avoid the adoption of words coined by the sale Anglais.
    Quebec has Bill 101, “La charte de la langue française” passed in 1977 but with many later amendments

    • But don’t you dare co-opt a word like aloha or the PC loons will start a shitstorm.

      • tom_billesley

        You can’t brand potatoes with red skins grown in Washington as “Washington Redskin Potatoes”. Odd that.

  • just a thought
  • andycanuck

    I favour reeducation camps for this sort of misbehaviour. Of course, they used to be called “schools” but they don’t do that any more.