7 Aug 2017

Selfie, Fake News & More: 5000 New Words Added in Dictionary

The official dictionary of the German language, the Duden, is getting an update, as it has added 5,000 new words taken from contemporary society.
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Some 5,000 words including selfie, tablet and fake news are being added to the German dictionary’s new edition, its head of editorial told dpa on Monday.

“It’s simply a fact that many things from the Anglo-Saxon world appear in our lives when you consider technological developments,’’ Kathrin Kunkel-Razum, head of editorial for the Duden dictionary, said.

Duden is the German equivalent to the Oxford English Dictionary.

While many of the new words are related to technological developments, a handful is about the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump.

Postfaktisch, German for post-factual, is being entered to refer to a political culture in which debate is framed largely by appeals to emotion disconnected from the details of policy.

Duden’s first-ever edition published in 1880 had 27,000 words, while the newest edition, which goes on sale has 145,000.

The previous edition is from 2013.

Duden’s editorial team famously added the word“ shitstorm” to that edition, which in Germany is used to refer to a scandal.


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