JANUARY 16 2012 21:09h
German group upset by dictionary's word
The Verein Deutsche Sprache, which is dedicated to preserving the purity of the German language, criticized dictionary-maker Langenscheidt for choosing "swag," an English-derived word meaning an "enviable, casual-cool appeal" and a "charismatic positive aura," as its "Youth Word of the Year," The Local reported Monday.
The group said the dictionary's choice is contributing to the language being diluted by foreign influence.
BERLIN, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- A German dictionary maker drew heat from a group dedicated to preserving the language by picking an English-derived word as the "Youth Word of the Year."