German language now officially includes "shitstorm"

"Shitstorm" has been inducted into Duden, the official German dictionary. It was a favorite among linguists, who admired its applicability to the plagiarism scandal that led to the resignation of Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg. Strangely, an equivalent German word was not created by stringing together 75 other German words. (via The Mary Sue)

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  1. I'm disappointed that the Germans didn't at least string together Sturm and Scheissen. That combination has a nice ring to it.

    It also reminds me of a funny thing that happened to a friend of mine in high school. His German teacher believed in an immersive approach, and wouldn't speak English in class. He asked some older students how to say, "I don't understand". They told him it was, "Du bist ein scheisskopf". He then used it and learned how to say "Report to the principal's office" in German.

  2. Hehe being German I'm not offended, I find the rant with the 75 words stringed together quite funny. “Scheiß-Sturm” really sounds shit, and besides of that, anything with “Sturm” sounds vaguely Nazi, so we love shitstorm because it sounds great and is in a foreign language.

  3. Looking forward to Hitler finding out that the German Chancellor is using English words now.

  4. Scheissesturm. All the way.

  5. It's not even "Scheißesturm," it's just "shitstorm." Compare to English, which took the term "Schadenfreude" and turned it into "that German word, you know the one, the one for this feeling."

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