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Posted: 07 August 2010 05:51 AM   [ Ignore ]
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I came across an interesting origin for the word “nazi” here: http://www.faktoider.nu/nazi_eng.html

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Posted: 07 August 2010 06:42 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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OED agrees:

The term was originally used by opponents of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party and may have been influenced by Bavarian Nazi, a familiar form of the proper name Ignatius and used to refer to or characterize an awkward or clumsy person. The German form Inter-Nazi (shortened < Internationale INTERNATIONALE n.) which is attested much earlier may also have contributed to the adoption of the term Nazi.

Dec 2009 draft revision.
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Posted: 07 August 2010 07:46 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Interesting indeed; thanks for the post.

a familiar form of the proper name Ignatius

Why “Ignatius” rather than Ignatz, I wonder?

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Posted: 07 August 2010 09:37 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I’m guessing it’s because Bavaria is heavily Catholic.

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Posted: 07 August 2010 11:48 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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But German Wikipedia says: ”Nazi war ursprünglich eine Koseform des Vornamens Ignaz, der in Bayern und Österreich häufig war.” I suspect the OED is just being stuffy.

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Posted: 07 August 2010 12:31 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Oh, right.  I missed that Ignaz is a shortened version of Ignatius. Perhaps you’re right about the OED.

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Posted: 07 August 2010 01:11 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Great comment by Moacir in my thread about this:

This means, then, that “Nazi” is a cognate of “Nacho.”

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