Word of the Year Redux

First things first, folks: I wish you a great new year. On this first day of 2013 I hope you have had time to let thoughts of the last year go through your head and make plans for what you want to achieve, reach, accomplish and enjoy in the new year! 

Tip

Use this great printable New Year's Resolutions Template from Mique at 30 Handmade Days, and post it on your pinboard or in your diary.

German Word of the Year

A month ago I wrote about my appreciation of the Word of the Year tradition, and I think I owe us a report on Germany's word of the year in 2012! So, joining the beautiful British "omnishambles" and contemporary French "tweeter" is...

Rettungsroutine (the routine of salvation), describing not only the everlasting topic of Europe's financial misery but also the many steps undertaken to try and stop the ship from sinking. With Germany as one of the financiers in the debts of Europe, it's clear how this one could have got into people's consciousness. How interesting that this word and it's four runner ups all show us how strongly involved politics is in the everyday German person's consciousness!

Rettungsroutine - a word of contradictions (pic from Gesellschaft für deutsche Sprache)

Rettungsroutine - a word of contradictions (pic from Gesellschaft für deutsche Sprache)

The Langenscheidt publishing house is giving us an extra with "YOLO" as the youth word of the year I had to look that up. See for yourself if you can make sense of it, and then we can all ponder the meaning of a word of the year being so obvious in its demonstration of how popular the use of English is among young Germans.

We have yet to wait for the Un-Word of the Year in Germany, due to be announced on 15 January.