"Shitstorm" officially enters the German dictionary

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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Shhh! storm in a teacup Jul 5, 2013

Was going to post a link to the Guardian article about this myself, but thought it might upset some members, as I've been brought to heel for less scatalogical comments.
I'm not sure I approve of the Duden definition claiming the term as internet-specific. Some people seem to think there was no life at all - scurrilous or otherwise - before the net reared its head.


Michael Wetzel  Identity Verified
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Duden definition Jul 5, 2013

That's just the problem: Duden is not defining the English word, but a German word that looks deceptively like an English word. In German, "der Shitstorm" seems to be used specifically in reference to Internet-related shitstorms.

In this case, it's not a big deal for me, because the German concept is entirely contained within the English concept, but it could be a problem for people translating English>German. On the other hand, there is a problem of register from German>English, particularly for US audiences.

"Scheißgewitter" would have been nice, however, it doesn't really work because it sounds more like "shitty storm" than "storm of shit."


Allison Wright  Identity Verified
Local time: 21:20
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Old news Jul 15, 2013

This news is at least one year old, if not more.
I echo Michael Wetzel's sentiments.


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