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Posted: 02 July 2013 02:03 PM   [ Ignore ]
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The Germans have taken this word to heart according to the Daily Telegraph.

English swear word enters German dictionary

The English swear word ‘s---storm’ has been included in Germany’s equivalent of the Oxford English Dictionary after being voted the ‘Anglicism of the year’ in 2012.

The word appears to have caught on in Germany during the financial crisis and a plagiarism scandal which claimed the job of Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, the then defence minister.

In Germany, the phrase is used to denote a public outcry, especially one that gathers pace on the internet.

The phrase won ‘Anglicism of the Year’ in February last year, with a jury saying: “S---storm fills a gap in the German vocabulary that has become apparent through changes in the culture of debate.”

It added that established German words, including ‘Kritik’, meaning criticism, were not descriptive enough.

Despite the award, language purists in Germany fear the amount of anglicisms creeping their way into everyday vocabulary.  The word appears to have caught on in Germany during the financial crisis and a plagiarism scandal which claimed the job of Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, the then defence minister.

In Germany, the phrase is used to denote a public outcry, especially one that gathers pace on the internet.

The phrase won ‘Anglicism of the Year’ in February last year, with a jury saying: “S---storm fills a gap in the German vocabulary that has become apparent through changes in the culture of debate.”

It added that established German words, including ‘Kritik’, meaning criticism, were not descriptive enough.

Despite the award, language purists in Germany fear the amount of anglicisms creeping their way into everyday vocabulary.

Interesting that the term has a greater specificity in German. And it’s amusing to see that the dear old Telegraph still has problems printing ‘naughty’ words.

BTW earliest cite OED has for shitstorm is 1940. (1940 G. Graham One-eyed Man is King viii. 69 Bob had a temper and could create a shit storm in a minute.) Do the specialist dics take it back any further? (Google Book Search brings up precisely the same cite as its solitary instance for the date parameters 1900-1940.)

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Posted: 03 July 2013 02:29 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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So what was wrong with Scheißesturm? Is it just that scatology in another language is acceptable in political and journalistic discourse whereas it wouldn’t be in one’s own?

I’m trying to think of an equivalent in English where a “rude” word in another language has been taken over as part of general usage, so far without success.

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Posted: 03 July 2013 02:39 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Then there was the bumper sticker in the days Helmut Kohl was running for re-election.  The bumper sticker had pictures of an egg, a heart (symbolic, not anatomically correct), and a cabbage.  The latter two represented “love Kohl” and the egg was “I” (Ei).

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Posted: 03 July 2013 06:26 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I’m trying to think of an equivalent in English where a “rude” word in another language has been taken over as part of general usage, so far without success.

English, like Russian, is so rich in vile vocabulary it doesn’t need to borrow swear words.  Hebrew-speakers, on the other hand, have had to fill the gap in native lexicon with loans from Arabic and Russian (kibinimat, from Russian ебёна мать ‘fucked mother, motherfuck(ing)’ is a classic example).

And yes, prudish newspapers are a constant source of amusement and confusion; here‘s a great example involving the NY Times.

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Posted: 27 July 2013 11:20 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I’m trying to think of an equivalent in English where a “rude” word in another language has been taken over as part of general usage, so far without success.

Shmuck.

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