June 25, 2004

*Ask Jen: Brownshirt Edition

A reader who shall remain anonymous asked what a "brownshirt" was...as in Gore calling people Digital Brownshirts. So I figured other people might be confused too.

From Encarta:

Brown Shirt noun 1. Nazi storm trooper: a member of a Nazi uniformed paramilitary organization originally forming Adolf Hitler’s personal bodyguard and later used as a militia. Brownshirts assisted Hitler’s rise to power, but lost their influence to the SS following the assassination of their leader Erich Röhm in 1934. 2. offensive term: an offensive term for somebody who is viewed as being a violent racist ( insult ) [Translation of German Braunhemd , from the brown uniform shirts of the Nazi storm troopers]

Do you have a question for me? You can e-mail it. If I know the answer, I'll answer it. If I don't, I might make something up.

Posted by Jennifer at June 25, 2004 03:39 PM


Shall I point out my comments on wizbang this morning about that.

Posted by: pylorns at June 25, 2004 03:44 PM

cause im captain obvious...

Posted by: pylorns at June 25, 2004 03:50 PM

Don't feel bad, P. I don't think the slur "brownshirt" is common knowledge.

Posted by: Jennifer at June 25, 2004 03:54 PM


blogger now does FREE audio blogs.. my voice can be heard on that post.

Posted by: pylorns at June 25, 2004 04:17 PM