The Germans like to collect words of the year. There is the most used word of the year “Wort des Jahres”, the worst word “Unwort des Jahres” and since 2008 there is also the youth word of the year, “Jugendwort des Jahres”. Youngsters can submit their favourite word of the year and from mid year until the end of October they can vote for their favourite word or phrase from a choice of 30. They get narrowed down until the top 5 are chosen.
So, what are the top 5 words this year? They were announced on the 24th November and are:
You won’t find any of these words in GCSE or A-level textbooks, but if you are a teenager and want to be cool ………go on, be a Senfautomat 😉
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