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I think that depends on your definition of "taboo". The words you cite in your question are still used in German, but when the context is too reminiscent of Nazi times, it feels uncomfortable and is avoided. So, for example, you can use "entartet" when talking about degenerate curves and you can use "Lebensraum" when talking about animals, you can use ...


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"Jawohl" is a normal German word, used as a strong affirmative. It doesn't have a specifically Nazi background, but one of its main uses has always been in the military, including the Wehrmacht. Wiktionary says: drückt unbedingte Zustimmung aus (expresses unconditional agreement) Google NGram shows it has been in use during all times since 1800. I'd ...


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"Jawohl" in General Answering "Jawohl" in an everyday conversation with Otto Normalverbraucher would probably seem awkward, but not because of associations with Nazi Germany but because of its formal / militaristic connotations. Jawohl, mein Kommandant! "Jawohl, mein/Herr/Frau Kommandant" could be used in a joking way though there is no guarantee everyone ...


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The usage of "Lebensraum" is widespread in Germany and usually not connected to the Nazi period of German history, although it is mainly used for an animal's territory. "Endlösung" on the other hand are absolutely connected to the Nazi period and should be avoided when talking about a final solution in German.


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Der Duden beschreibt die Bedeutung des Wortes wie folgt: [naiver] Mensch, der sich in einer als unkritisch, übertrieben, nervtötend o. ä. empfundenen Weise im Sinne der Political Correctness verhält, sich für die Political Correctness einsetzt Kein Wunder also, dass Rechtsradikale das Wort für Widersacher verwenden. Wikipedia beschreibt daher auch, ...


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"Jawohl" is the more formal version of "Ja" used very commonly in the Bundeswehr without any connotation. It is also used as shorter version for "zu Befehl" (as you order / at your command) when accepting an order, which is rarely used nowadays. Some examples in military context can be found here. As Germany had general conscription for quite a while, it ...


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Other words could be: Schürzenjäger Weiberheld Frauenheld (similar to Weiberheld) Casanova: this was actually a man that had many sexual relationships. But we use his name to call someone (in a more positive than negative way) who behaves like Casanova did. Duden also suggests Charmeur, Ladykiller, Weiberer and Womanizer as synonyms for Frauenheld.


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(Geistig) behindert is the correct term but somewhat blunt. Be aware that, as with "retarded", it is also used as an insult. Wikipedia says the correct medical term is mentale Retardierung, but nobody uses that. Maybe it'll go the same way Idiot has gone in both English and German: From a diagnosis to a pure insult. Unlike English, German doesn't have a ...


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Die Gesellschaft für deutsche Sprache schreibt dazu: Unser Erstbeleg zu Gutmensch stammt aus dem Jahr 1985: In der US-amerikanischen Zeitschrift Forbes wurde Gutmensch auf den damaligen Gewerkschaftsführer Franz Steinkühler (IG Metall) bezogen. [...] Weithin bekannt wurde Gutmensch durch das sprachkritische Wörterbuch des Gutmenschen aus dem ...


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As an American who lived in Germany (because I come from an Air Force background, but actually attended a small, local German school) I can affirm that saying "jawohl" does not carry any Nazi associations whatsoever. The word is simply a strong affirmative statement, close to when you hear what a friend is saying and say "yeah!" quickly in agreement. It is ...


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The special term for this is mentale Retardierung (that is what a physician would use). But most people use geistig behindert, mental beeinträchtigt or geistig zurückgeblieben. Also gehandicapt is possible, but colloquial. kognitiv beeinträchtigt or kognitiv behindert is possible, but is not used very often. During my education as what I would translate to ...


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The issue was not which gender's behavior was "looser," or worse, but which gender's behavior was less TOLERATED. A woman can bear a child by her "man" even if he is seeing other woman. On the other hand, only one man can produce a child with a given woman at one time. Therefore, a woman's "misbehavior" infringed on her mate's rights far more than his ...


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I was born (not too long) after World War II and here's what I think: Used in an animal context, the word is fine. But it could be dangerous in any context involving "people," particularly defined as "Volk." The implication might be that more "living space" for some people means less for others, the idea that brought about the war.


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Most people don't care so much about what is politically correct an use "geistig behindert". When it comes to being involved in any way, e.g. personally or as a family member, people tend to use phrases that would not point to the fact, like "beeinträchtigt" or even only "anders". In professional contexts we place emphasis on the eductional needs with ...



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