In talking with a male co-worker the other day, he used this word to describe a woman he'd had a negative encounter with previously. Naturally, I bristled at the word and got to thinking about it after I was done with my conversation with him. This was not my first time hearing the word, but I previously thought of it as a word to describe a sort of militant feminist who was "manly" and/or a man-hater. Since I hadn't heard it in a while I have a bit of a different perspective now. It occurs to me that the use of this word is actually more descriptive of the person who is using it and my experience has been that it is usually mysogynists who use it. I'm curious about a few things: 1. What have other people's experiences been when dealing with people who use the word - how did you deal with it, if at all? What was the general demeanor of the person using it? Is there a better response than ignoring it (one that would preferably educate the user of the word rather than put them off)? 2. Linguistically speaking, how ridiculous of a word is it? I'm no history buff but I do not see any connections between Nazism and feminism except for the fact that they both have an -ism suffix.