Adopt a German word
- Select an anglicism to see its endangered, unloved German equivalent.
- If you promise never to use the anglicism again, you can adopt this endangered German word.
- Help save your adopted word by using it as often as possible! Your pledge will form one of the 140k pledges that we're trying to collect - one for every stammwort in the Duden.
I have just adopted "der Blödsinn" :)
I have adopted "weiterleiten" (instead of forwarden").
That said, there are some words where I would happily prefer the anglicism, since it either has a slightly different/ broader meaning or the German version is just cumbersome (like "spam" = "unerwünschte Massenemail" - who would actually say that?!)
I've never stumbled on 'forwarden' before, but isn't it yucky.
EDIT: although 'gekidnapped' is even worse.
EDIT2: and yes, some of the suggestions are unacceptable. I'm sorry, 'mit Google im Internet suchen' instead of 'googlen' is completely unviable -- certainly not in spoken language, and it defines everything, ultimately.
I understand wanting to preserve a language, but I don't really get this fear that arises from adopting foreign words. In English we almost applaud such an action, in fact using Latin or french words often becomes a way to sound more intelligent.
English is not afraid to admit when we simply don't have a word to describe something as beautifully as another language like: Deja vu, Doppelgänger, Jalapeno, or ad nauseam.
It's especially weird with these words that very recently have been created, or had their meanings changed. Words like "Newbie", "googled", or "spam".
Take "Newbie" for example, sure the word "Anfänger" gets the message across that someone is new to something, but does it carry with it the implications of a nerdy insult? I mean, if I wanted to call someone a beginner I'd call them a beginner. If I was playing a game with someone, and they sucked, I would call them a newbie (more as a joke).
There are sometimes more complex meanings that words have that a simple translation won't give.