Godwin’s law (also known as Godwin’s Rule of Nazi Analogies or Godwin’s Law of Nazi Analogies) is a humorous observation made by Mike Godwin in 1990 that has become an Internet adage. It states: “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 100% .” In other words, Godwin put forth the hyperbolic observation that, given enough time, in any online discussion–regardless of topic or scope–someone inevitably criticizes some point made in the discussion by comparing it to beliefs held by Hitler and the Nazis. – Wikipedia
I love this. This is the type of discovery that brings joy to my heart.
The definition continues:
Godwin’s law is often cited in online discussions as a deterrent against the use of arguments in the widespread Reductio ad Hitlerum form. – Wikipedia
“Reductio ad Hitlerum” ?!?!
I fucking love language. In fact, I made up a good word the other day: Whateverism. It’s the modern malaise, basically, and I’m against it. Please feel free to bandy this word about, if you’re not comfortable with Reductio ad Hitlerum.