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When I called myself a "sum-of-parts Nazi" in the section above, I looked up Nazi to see whether Wiktionary had the slang sense of a disciplinarian, and I suddenly remembered my history teacher at secondary school. She insisted on calling them the "nazzies" (a bit like the navvies, who also came up in modern history), which tended to amuse the class because we all knew they were "nart-sees". So I suddenly wonder whether this is a legitimate Anglicisation or merely one teacher's bizarre kink. Anybody know? Equinox 22:31, 22 January 2009 (UTC)

I've heard that too, but I suppose it must be an affected use, because my standard references don't have it. I'll add pronunciation, though. Michael Z. 2009-01-22 22:56 z
Sounds like a spelling pronunciation. (Taivo 02:36, 23 January 2009 (UTC))
I seem to recall Winston Churchill was known for deliberately and consistently mispronouncing "Nazi" as "nah-zee" (i.e., without the "t" sound). Pingku 06:38, 23 January 2009 (UTC)
John S. Kenyon and Thomas A. Knott argue in A Pronouncing Dictionary of American English that it is in the best principles to English to so pronounce foreign words instead of using a bastardized version of the foreign pronunciation. I uploaded File:Henry Hall - Japs and Nazis.ogg as an example of this pronunciation; unfortunately, due to the nature of flowing speech, I couldn't extract just the word Nazi and have it sound natural.--Prosfilaes (talk) 10:45, 2 June 2014 (UTC)


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I think the sense "consisting of Nazis" (as opposed to "pertaining to Nazism") is an effort to distinguish "Nazi" as in "a Nazi group" from "Nazi" as in "his Nazi ideals"... but if that distinction is worthwhile, and I'm not sure it is, there must be a better way of wording the sense. - -sche (discuss) 05:50, 8 November 2012 (UTC)

For me, it's a delete. Mglovesfun (talk) 22:18, 8 November 2012 (UTC)
As a noun, English has Nazi and Nazism (National Socialist and National Socialism). It is quite possible that other languages have that distinction in adjectives, and then the distinction would be worthwhile. -- 22:22, 8 November 2012 (UTC)
That's a fair point. Mglovesfun (talk) 12:01, 9 November 2012 (UTC)
I've combined the senses. - -sche (discuss) 08:38, 22 November 2012 (UTC)

Etymological info[edit]

From diff: "In the 24th edition of Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache - 2002, it states that the word Nazi was favoured in southern Germany (supposedly from c.1924) among opponents of National Socialism because the nickname Nazi, Naczi (from the masculine proper name Ignatz, the German form of Ignatius) was used colloquially to mean "a foolish person, clumsy or awkward person." - a Bavarian oaf. The popular Austrian Catholic name Ignatz was, according to a source in World War one a generic name German Empire term for Austrian-Hungarian soldiers."

As de:Nazi points out, Nazi was formed in analogy to Sozi (i. e., Sozialist or Sozialdemokrat) as well. This is supported by the additional formation Kozi for Kommunist (which I had never encountered before until now).
There's also de:Bazi, a derogative term for Bavarians, which may have played a role, if it was already current at the time – it is very usual now. --Florian Blaschke (talk) 15:06, 23 September 2014 (UTC)