ATG Quirkies: A New Letter in the German Alphabet Is Born

According the The Local, a website that provides German news in English, the German Spelling Council has just end a debate that had raged on in the world of German orthography since the 19th century.  They decided to add a capital ß (Eszett) to the language. So now when writing in German, “instead of using SS to capitalize the Eszett, Germans should use ß.”

Evidently such German language tiffs are not uncommon. “The German Spelling Council was created in the resultant atmosphere of unrest to find compromise solutions and reinstate “linguistic peace” in the land…

At the same time this landmark decision was made, other changes to German writing were made by the German Spelling Council.  They also decided to prohibit “certain “Germanized” ways of writing foreign words. So for instance Joga is now banned – only Yoga is permitted. And any German who writes Ketschup can expect a nasty red line to appear under the word – from now on only Ketchup is correct.”

(Thanks to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies)

 

 

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