Was ist ein Shitstorm?

It all comes full circle. The English language may owe its history to Germanic invaders, but these days German – like most languages – borrows English terms for many new technologies and cultural references.

My all-time favorite of these appropriations appears below:


See any familiar words? (Hint: It’s not “journalist.”)

Shitstorm – (n) vulgar slang

1. a situation marked by violent controversy.

Also: a word most circumspect English editors would ax without second thought, but appears frequently in German print with quite serious intention.