Language Quiz / Word of the Year in Germany (1971 - today)

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Can you name the German Words of the Year (1971 - today) as chosen by the Association for the German Language (GfdS)?

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DefinitionWord of the YearYear
An adjective attributed to a person who is opposing someone's orders1971
A social network of people with common interests, beliefs, preferences or tastes1977
A private apartment which is used for secret and illegal gatherings or investigations of the intelligence services1978
The genocide of approximately six million European Jews and millions of others during World War II1979
A method of criminal investigation developed for the search of terrorists of the RAF (Red Army Faction)1980
A name given to an American proposal for the withdrawal of all Soviet and United States intermediate-range nuclear missiles from Europe1981
A social order/society based on selfishness, rivalry and ruthlessness1982
A phrase describing the protests of the German peace movement against the NATO Double-Track Decision1983
A vehicle producing less polution or using less energy than a regular fossil fuel vehicle1984
A toxic substance used by Austrian wineries to make the wines appear sweeter and more full-bodied in the style of late harvest wines leading to a scandal in Germany1985
A city in northern Ukraine abandoned after a nuclear accident nearby1986
Two words in 1987: A disease of the human immune system and a barrier device most commonly used during sexual intercourse1987
A general rubric used for discussing major health policy creation or changes — for the most part, governmental policy that affects health care delivery1988
A human right concept that asserts that a person has the liberty to travel1989
A phrase for the five re-established states in the former German Democratic Republic that acceded to the Federal Republic of Germany1990
A portmanteau word of the German word for a 'know-it-all' and the informal name that people in Germany call former citizens of West Germany before re-unification1991
A citizen's negative attitude towards political activities and structures1992
A political catch phrase used to criticize the reduction of claimable benefits from the public authorities1993
DefinitionWord of the YearYear
A word attributed to a year in which a higher-than-average number of elections take place1994
A term used to describe a medium as having multiple content forms1995
A word referring to a bunch of actions concerning the reduction of costs1996
A political catch phrase used to criticize the neglect of neccesary political or structural changes 1997
An alliance of social-democratic or democratic socialist parties with environmentalist parties1998
A period of time in a system of organizing days for social, religious, commercial, or administrative purposes1999
A scandal motivated by the fact that the German Christian Democratic Union (CDU) had accepted illegal donations while under the control of Chancellor Helmut Kohl2000
The 254th day of the year 20012001
A portmanteau word of the German word for 'expensive' and the name of the new currency in the eurozone2002
A term first used by then-U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to refer to European countries that did not support the 2003 invasion of Iraq, specifically France and Germany2003
A part of a set of recommendations that resulted from a commission on reforms to the German labour market2004
The official form of adress for a female Chancellor of Germany2005
The public viewing areas during the FIFA World Cup 2006 in Germany2006
A word reffering to the most disastrous of all possible consequence of global warming2007
An event which resulted in the collapse of large financial institutions, the bailout of banks by national governments, and downturns in stock markets around the world2008
A 2.500-Euro-bonus given by the state to someone who is buying a new car after scrapping his old automobile2009
A neologism reffering to a middle-class citizen who is desperately disappointed about a certain political decision and protesting against it2010
A form of evaluation used to determine the stability of a given system or entity involving an analysis beyond normal operational capacity, often to a breaking point2011

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