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... "Finanzkrise". Kein anderes Wort habe die öffentliche Diskussion in diesem Jahr mehr bestimmt als dieses, befand die Gesellschaft für deutsche Sprache... ... "Financial crisis". No other word had defined public discussion more in this year than this, the Association for the German Language decided...

The choice of the Word of the Year receives much attention in Germany. (The choice of the misnomer of the year, too -- that'll come in March.)

In Österreich dagegen wählte eine siebenköpfige Fachjury unter der Leitung des Grazer Professors Rudolf Muhr den ungewöhnlichen Begriff "Lebensmensch" zum Wort des Jahres. Damit hatte der österreichische Politiker Stefan Petzner tränenreich um den 2008 verstorbenen Jörg Haider getrauert, mit dem Petzner ein besonders inniges Verhältnis pflegte. Die österreichischen Sprach-Juroren würdigten mit ihrer Wahl die Bedeutungs-Ambivalenz und den hohen emotionellen Wert des Wortes "Lebensmensch".In Austria however, a jury of seven specialists under the direction of professor Rudolf Muhr from Graz selected the term Lebensmensch [neologism, lit. "living-man", by meaning c. 'playboy-man'] as the word of the year. Using this word did the Austrian politician Stefan Petzner mourned in tears for Jörg Haider, with whom Petzner nurtured a particularly intimate relationship. The austrian language jurors recognized the ambivalent meaning and the high emotional value of the word Lebensmensch with their choice.

(For those who missed the Klatsch: Austria's long-time far-right leader Haider was gay, and semi-outed by Petzner after his death in a drunken high-speed car crash.)


*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Thu Dec 11th, 2008 at 03:18:14 PM EST
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