“Pushback” is the “bad word of the year” for 2021 in Germany

The winning word follows in the footsteps of the “Corona dictatorship” and “Repatriation sponsorships”, which took the podium in 2020.

Words and non-words are chosen annually.

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jum./(dpa) “Pushback” was chosen as the unword of the year 2021. This was announced by the jury of the language-critical campaign in Marburg on Wednesday. Anglicism is used in connection with possible illegal rejections of refugees at borders. The jury criticized the use of the expression, “because it glossed over an inhumane process”.


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