Anglo-German Hybrid Words Causing a Sh*tschturm in Deutschland
Hold on to your basecap. Denglisch — the borrowing and corruption of English words in German — are fighting words with linguistically minded Germans. Duden, Germany’s version of The Oxford English Dictionary, is under fire from the language society Verein Deutsche Sprache for giving words like flashmob and handy (cell phone) official status. To help stem the tide, national railway operator Deutsche Bahn distributed a list of 2,000 English words, from business class to nonstop, that employees were banned from using. Somehow, one of the world’s less, shall we say, melodious languages now sounds even worse.