Street talk and more

In Germany, the Jugendwort 2016 is now being voted on. As may be expected, the offerings („wähle jetzt“) include some taken over from English. Unlikely ones listed are Overcut (Halbglatze), Swaggernaut (extrem coole Person) and Swagphone (Smartphone zum Angeben). You never know, one of these might even win (there is clearly a social media overlap). Yet the real key in English street talk is the social uncertainty it often expresses. Weiterlesen

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German intruding into English

The Economist (05.09.15), plunging into the niceties of German (title: „Sprechen Sie power?“), hints at its historical contradictions: „Once the language of Schiller and Goethe, then of Hitler, German is hip again“, meaning that German is also pushing its way into English. Weiterlesen