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English rude word enters German language

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+Frank B.    7,104

English rude word enters German language

 

Germany's standard dictionary has included a vulgar English term, used by Chancellor Angela Merkel among others, as an acceptable German word.

 

Duden, the equivalent of the Oxford English Dictionary in the UK, said it was reflecting the common use of the word "shitstorm" among Germans.

 

The word, which is used in German to denote a public outcry, seems to have caught on during the eurozone crisis.

 

German language experts voted it "Anglicism of the year" in 2012.

 

One of them, Michael Mann, explained in a report by the Local newspaper, that the English word conveyed a "new kind of protest... clearly different in kind and degree from what could be expected in the past in response to a statement or action".

 

In the past there have been controversies over German usage of words like "download", "job-hopping" or "eye-catcher", the BBC's Steve Evans reports from Berlin.

 

The new word has crept into the language, imported by people who heard its use primarily in American English, he says.

 

It is used by the highest and lowest in the land and when Chancellor Merkel used it at a public meeting, nobody batted an eyelid, our correspondent adds.

 

Source: BBC News

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Arceles    403

Hmmm... Na ja, die Welt ist schon verr?ct, nicht wahr?

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Geoffrey B.    1,414

Hmmm... Na ja, die Welt ist schon verr?ct, nicht wahr?

 

Yes, yes it is.

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Jason S.    1,243

i like it. Next those who speak english should be pushing the super-fun word 'clusterf*ck' :D

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Original Poster    324

i like it. Next those who speak english should be pushing the super-fun word 'clusterf*ck' :D

or trollied... a bit off the mark but still... imagine saying she is bloody trollied! in german ... 

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bguy_1986    137

I really don't understand why the S-word is considered bad a bad word...  I grew up in a farm community and it's pretty much a common word...  But the PC police/PC Sheep of the world need something to complain about or make a big deal about I guess...

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