Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

German language officially gets 5,000 new words

“‘Emoji’ is now a German word, as are ‘Darknet’ and ‘Tablet.’ The official dictionary of the German language, the Duden, is getting an update, adding 5,000 new words taken from contemporary society.

The 27th edition of the Duden comes in at 1,264 pages and contains a whopping 145,000 words – 5,000 more than its previous version, released in 2013.

A look at some of the new additions reveals that most are neologisms – words that have entered common use as a result of a specific occurrence or event.”

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