Germany's news in English

Editions:  Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland

Lichtgrenze tops German words of the year list

Share this article

Lichtgrenze tops German words of the year list
Photo: DPA
11:30 CET+01:00
The Society for German Language (GfdS) have released their annual top words of the year list reflecting the newsmakers that were Germany in 2014.

German is a formulaic language: You put the right pieces in the right place and you have a fully comprehensible word that any German speaker can understand. No one loves doing this more than journalists.

This year, it was the "border of light" that topped the list this year thanks to the 25th anniversary celebrations in Berlin that saw 15 kilometres of the former East Berlin border lit up with thousands of helium balloons. They were released the evening of November 9th to symbolize the fall of the wall. 

The annual list is compiled by the GfdS  is the top buzzwords of the year as was reflected by newsmakers. 

Judging from this years list, it was a year of terror, strikes and football madness in Germany. 

See what else made the list!

Photo: DPA

Get notified about breaking news on The Local

Share this article

The Local is not responsible for content posted by users.
Become a Member or sign-in to leave a comment.

From our sponsors

How to work 9-5 and travel the rest of the time

A full-time job shouldn't stop you from satisfying your wanderlust. The Local spoke to Travel After 5 blogger Alline Waldhelm to find out her tips and tricks for travellers who only have 25 days of annual leave.