Questions tagged [political-correctness]

Politische Korrektheit – Questions on language usage that is potentially perceived to have an inherent political meaning or political consequences, like avoiding being offensive, discriminatory, pejorative or otherwise markedly unwanted or deemed improper by large groups of politically motivated composition. The term itself is used as pejorative by those, who dismiss the whole concept, and as a stated goal in regulating language by politic influencers.

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How do Germans refer to people without caring about the gender

In German, a noun always has its own gender. However, there is a case I don't know. Suppose that there is a class with many students, both males and females, and then when I want to refer to all ...
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Meaning of “BesucherInnen”

On a Viennese park sign, I saw the word “BesucherInnen”. Is this a short form for Besucherinnen und Besucher? Can this contraction be used generally, i.e., …~Innen covers both genders? It seems ...
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Gute Anrede für Bedienungen

Ich suche eine gute Anrede für Bedienungen im Restaurant. Seit Fräulein in Verruf gebracht wurde, denke ich oft über eine Alternative nach. Ich habe bereits etliche Bedienungen gefragt und oft fanden ...
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Does “Jawohl” carry Nazi connotations?

Would answering "Jawohl" to an order or request be associated with Nazi Germany? What about "Jawohl, mein Kommandant"? Can it be used (jokingly) without people finding it tasteless?
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Höflicher Begriff für eine junge Frau

Gibt es im Deutschen ein Wort, das eine junge Frau des Alters zwischen ungefähr 16 und 25 Jahren bezeichnet? Mädchen wird ja eher für Kinder benutzt, Fräulein ist veraltet und Mädel ist eher regional ...
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Is “Lebensraum” a taboo word in German because of an association with Hitler and the Nazis?

Much associated with Hitler and the Nazis has become taboo or gauche in the English-speaking West as a result of the terrible tragedies of the Second World War; one can point to many things, from ...