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This is the Swiss German word of the year

"climate youth" is the word of the year 2019 in the German part of Switzerland. On the second and third place OK Boomer" and "flight of shame "follow".

In the on Tuesday published a justification for the choice of the "climate youth" one of the Zurich University of Applied Sciences writes, in grave concern the young people in Switzerland are called on to do at last something against the climate change. And they have bite, power and endurance as Greta Thunberg: Always bring you tens of thousands on the road to air strike.

you mean place it, "OK Boomer" is external, the answer to that, if a Person from the baby Boomer Generation to be derogatory and condescending about the opinion of a younger Person. He emerged in the last years, isolated and spread rapidly since October, including a debate: A baby Boomer's caused by the interruption in a climate interrupted the young speaker, which is acknowledged with "OK Boomer".

to fly or not to fly? "Flight of shame" has become in 2019 the topic, it means more. The word referred to the shame, to abandon, despite climate change not on plane trips. In the "flight of shame" connect desire to travel with the climate crisis, use globalization to their ecological footprint, toothed air miles rewards with remorse.

The other words in the year 2019 in Switzerland are verte "vague", "féminicide" and "flygskam" for French, "onda verde", "entered sciopero delle donne" and "5G" for Italian and "luf", "diaspora" and "unda Verde" for Rhaeto-romance.


parses The responsibility for the word of the year, the Department of Applied linguistics Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW in Winterthur. It analyzes the Swiss discourse database corpus of Swiss-AL and pro determines the language of the 20 words that were used in the year 2019, more frequently or significantly different than in the previous years.

Then selected by a Jury of language professionals from this list, from audience suggestions and due to my own experience, the three most distinctive words. The four juries are made up of around ten artists of the Language from the English-, French-, Italian - and Romansh-speaking Switzerland. (fal/sda)

Created: 03.12.2019, 16:18 PM

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