Das It-Girl, Die Bad Bank: German gets new words

23rd July 2009, Comments 0 comments

The new version of German’s iconic Duden dictionary includes several new words inspired by the financial crisis and a few that reflect 21st century life, such as "twittern" – to twitter.

Berlin -- Around 5,000 new words were officially added to the German language on Wednesday as the country's iconic dictionary, Duden, launched its first new edition for three years.

The new version, containing 135,000 words, includes many new words an English-speaker would find familiar, several inspired by the financial crisis and a few that reflect 21st century life, such as "twittern" -- to twitter.

As of today, Germans can now officially have "der Babyblues" and go to "eine After-Show-Party," -- while hoping that it is not "eine No-Go Area."

"Der Nickname" and "Das It-Girl" are other new German words taken from English that have found their way into the language of Goethe.

The financial crisis and its effects account for many of the new German entries.

"Die Bad Bank" requires no translation, and also appearing for the first time are "Kreditklemme" ("credit crunch"), "Konjunkturpaket" ("stimulus package") and "Abwrackpraemie" ("car scrappage bonus.")

High profile tensions with the country's large and poorly integrated Turkish community are also reflected in two new words: "Ehrenmord" ("honour killing") and "Integrationsgipfel" ("integration summit.")

German is infamous for its incredibly long compound nouns, and while no new words challenge the 39-letter monster "Rechtschutzversicherungsgesellschaften," roughly meaning "legal insurance companies," this year's edition has offered "Vorratsdatenspeicherung" or "the saving of data relating to supplies."

The first Duden dictionary, produced in 1880, consisted of a mere 200 pages and 27,000 words, according to the book's website.

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