What's your rating of Nazi grammar

"Grammar Nazi": Wikipedia error that has been changed 47,000 times is not

In English you call people like Bryan Henderson Grammar Nazis. We, people like him, who fanatically insist on linguistic correctness, would never speak German Grammar Nazis call. We use the far more innocuous word Corinthians. But in English it has Nazi has assumed the more harmless meaning "fanatic, enthusiast" for decades. One can take that to be a trivialization of the Holocaust, but it cannot be reversed. There was already in the eighties Aerobics Nazis and now Grammar Nazis like Henderson.

The 51-year-old software developer has corrected the same mistake 47,000 times on Wikipedia - or what he thinks is a mistake. So often did he change the English phrase "comprised of". The verb comprise means something like "to include, to contain". Henderson thinks that the supplement goes through of superfluous - just as there are Germans who are crazy about the word warn can get excited because that in front therein is a useless addition. Because you always warn in advance, that in front is, according to the German grammar block wardens, already in the meaning of to warn contain.

What's new doesn't have to be wrong

His campaign against the formulation comprise With of made Henderson a minor internet celebrity. Since the Medium reported about him a few days ago, his obsession has also been described by German media. Statistically, he is one of the most active editors of the English-language Wikipedia page. But while others are active in many fields, Henderson has monomanically committed himself to eliminating a single error under his Wiki editor name "Giraffedata". He even wrote his own program that records the entries in which comprised of occurs, detects. Every Sunday before going to bed, he corrects the "mistake" 70 to 80 times and then falls asleep satisfied. In 2007, when he started, it took him a few minutes to correct, but now he can do it in about ten seconds.

Henderson's arguments are dismantled

But is comprised of wrong english at all? Henderson means logically: Yes. He has set out his views on this in a 6,000 word essay. In essence, the text says: The rise of comprise of is due to a mere confusion with the correct formulation to be composed of "To be composed of".

But it is possible that he took all of his seven-year Sisyphus work completely in vain. For one of the most astute practitioners and analysts of English has vehemently contradicted it in one of the best newspapers in the world. David Shariatmadari, who regularly writes the “Buzzwords” column in the Guardian, systematically takes Henderson's arguments apart and can refer to science and history.