Leave it to Germany to take stock of pandemic life and conclude: we need to make some new words.
Germany has prolifically contorted its language for the age of COVID-19, coming up with over 1,200 new terms custom-designed for right now—and the Leibniz Institute for the German Language has compiled them all, the Guardian reports.
Here’s a mini-dictionary of our faves:
- Öffnungsdiskusionorgie – an “orgy of discussions regarding opening” (a Slate favorite)
- Spuckshutztrennscheibe – a “spittle-protection separation pane”
- Coronafrisur – corona hairstyle
- Overzoomed – need we explain?
- Impfneid – vaccine envy
What enabled these linguistic gifts to mankind?
Simply Put: Them’s the rules. Germany’s criteria for compound noun formationallow for the creation of new, longer legitimate words out of almost any existing ones.
So there’s your weekend plans sorted.