New Dictionary Helps Germans Steer Clear of 'Nazi Words'

Taboo terms tainted by Third Reich
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 31, 2008 5:10 PM CST
The 'Dictionary of Coming to Terms with the Past' looks at how associated with the Nazis changed the meaning and usage of over a thousand German words.   (Shutter Stock)
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(Newser) – German words like "Endlösung" (final solution) have been tainted, likely forever, by their association with the Nazis. A new dictionary looks at how the horrors of Hitler's regime changed the German language, Der Spiegel reports. The "Dictionary of Coming to Terms With the Past" looks at how the usage and meaning of approximately 1,000 German words has changed.

"There are very few terms associated with the Nazis which continued to be used with the same meaning after 1945,"explained the co-author. The subject of the National Socialist regime of the 1930s and '40s remains extremely sensitive in modern Germany, and any use of taboo words—and even similar political strategies—associated with the Third Reich can often cause controversy. (Read more Nazi stories.)