…but by another name. In an article called “Many a true word…,” they dubbed the famous debating tactic “The Fuhrer manoeuvre.” Which do YOU think is the better name?
To comment on this, I would need:
a) a link to the article (sorry, I travel and pick up the Economist in airports - haven’t done so lately)
b) a definition of Godwin’s Law
c) an explanation as to why it might be referred to as the Fuhrer’s maneuver.
Sorry if I am one of those pesky naive 'merkins, but this one’s over my head…
I love Godwin’s Law… the most striking thing about it is how true is usually is.
From The Jargon Dictionary:
It was originated for Usenet discussions, but also applies to bulletin board discussions and e-mail threads. Hopefully you can see why this would apply to the new title the Economist gave it. (Hitler = Nazi leader = fuehrer)
To answer Soup’s question, I think “The Fuehrer Maneuver” is certainly more descriptive, though more people know it as Godwin’s Law, I’m sure. For clarity’s sake, I suppose I prefer the former.
Who is “Godwin”?
Mr. Godot in disguise.