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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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"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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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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Der größte XY aller Zeiten geht wohl auf den Gröfaz, den größten Feldherrn aller Zeiten (eine Bezeichnung für Hitler) zurück, wird aber beliebter und beliebter, obwohl ja die Zukunft niemand vorhersagen kann, und somit nur 2 Zeiten, die Gegenwart und Vergangenheit beurteilt werden können. Im allgemeinen Übertreibungswahn ist den meisten Leuten aber ...


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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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