German Shitstorms are not Vulgar…

An interesting sideline to the eternal debate about taboo words‏‎.

The BBC reports that the English term, shitstorm, considered by many to be vulgar and not a word to be used in public as such, has entered the German‏‎ vocabulary. However, it has entered as a perfectly acceptable term and, for example, was used by Angela Merkel at a recent public meeting and no one batted an eyelid.

How would that play out with your TEFL class? Well, considering that teachers have been fired for saying less it’s probably best to err on the side of caution and avoid using the word. You might be right, the word might be fine, but an evil boss could well use this as an excuse to get rid of you!

{minipolls id=”GermanShitstorms” title=”Would you use ‘shitstorm’ in a meeting?”} Yes, it’s fine by me|| No way! I’m mortally offended by that word!|| I’m the boss, I can do anything I want.{/minipolls}

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