Angela Merkel inspires new German word

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merkeln = to merkel, to make no decisions

From the Transparent Language German Language Blog, October 10th, 2015:

Angela Merkel has been heavily criticised for taking her time to make decisions about important political issues, including the Greek crisis, and ‘reacting’ to events rather than following any specific ideology. Although it has negative connotations, the fact that this word exists amongst young people in Germany is testament to Merkel’s power, and provides positive reassurance that young Germans are conscious of the country’s politics.


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