This is a fun one.
While most people falsely assume Nazi is a contraction of the word National Socialist this is incorrect. The NSDAP leadership and their supporters never did use the term seriously, (aside from the German American unity group known as the German American Bund who DID use the term Nazi publicly during their 1939 speech in Madison Square Gardens. This took place while claiming that they are not Nazis and know fully well that Nazism is not for export and has no place in America). *to read more on National Socialism
While is true that legacy NeoNazis and paid bad actors like Rockwell did use the term openly to describe themselves and anyone to the right of the mainstream (same as neocons and marxists do, and for the same reason) most modern neonazis attempt to give themselves an air of legitimacy by only referring to themselves as “National Socialists” and rejecting the term Nazi. *to read more on Rockwell
The original German use of NAZI was actually meant a manner similar to “redneck” in America and was used mainly as a smear against Bavarians. This is easy to find from multiple sources but the most succinct information to quote comes from the New York Times. *article here
To quote the New York Times:
“Nazi” is a remarkable example of the very different routes a word can take through the world. In this case, that word is the Latin name “Ignatius.” In Spanish, it followed a noble path: It became Ignacio, and then the nickname Nacho, and then — after a Mexican cook named Ignacio Anaya had a moment of inspiration — it became delicious, beloved nachos. In Bavaria, a much darker transformation took place. Ignatius became the common name Ignatz, or in its abbreviated form, Nazi. In the early 20th century, Bavarian peasants were frequent subjects of German mockery, and “Nazi” became the archetypal name for a comic figure: a bumbling, dimwitted yokel. “Just as Irish jokes always involve a man called Paddy,” the etymologist Mark Forsyth writes in his 2011 book “The Etymologicon,” “so Bavarian jokes always involved a peasant called Nazi.” When Adolf Hitler’s party emerged from Bavaria with a philosophy called “Nationalsozialismus,” two of that word’s syllables were quickly repurposed by Hitler’s cosmopolitan opponents. They started calling the new party Nazis — implying, to the Nazis’ great displeasure, that they were all backward rubes.
It is always fun to see that no matter how much some things change other things always stay the same. Globalists, Cosmopolitans, Leftists, and their trendy lapdogs who parrot their sentiments without thought always have and always will refer to people who resist their insanity in contemptible terms which seek to belittle their social and mental capabilities, presenting them in a manner that implies near retardation levels of thought.