The theory that as an online discussion progresses, it becomes inevitable that someone or something will eventually be compared to Adolf Hitler or the Nazis, regardless of the original topic: correcting others' errors, especially online, can quickly lead to invocations of Godwin’s law
More example sentences
- On second thoughts, stuff Godwin's Law: I will mention the war because it is thunderously relevant.
- You know it's quite difficult to contain the impulse to break Godwin's Law when I read things like this.
- It used to be that any hope for a reasonable debate was ended the second anyone called someone else a "Nazi" (see Godwin's Law).
1990s: named after Mike Godwin (b.1956), the US lawyer and author who originated the theory.
Definition of Godwin's law in:
- The US English dictionary