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January 11, 2017

Signs of the Times?

Clare Hollingworth, the veteran British war correspondent who broke the news of the Nazi invasion of Poland, has died in Hong Kong at the age of 105 on the 1st anniversary of David Bowie's passing (January 10th) as Germany names its 'ugliest' word of the year: 'People's traitor'.
Clare in 1932, helped rescue thousands
of people from
Hitler's forces
Clare Hollingworth: British war correspondent dies aged 105
"Hollingworth, who was born in Leicester in 1911, was the first to report on the invasion that triggered the outbreak of World War Two.
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She went on to report from Vietnam, Algeria and the Middle East.
Hollingworth was a rookie reporter for the Daily Telegraph when she fell upon "the scoop of the century".

Sigmar Gabriel raised his middle finger
after being called a traitor of the people
Germany names its 'ugliest' word of the year: 'People's traitor'
"Germany's ugliest word of the year is "traitor of the people" - or Volksverraeter, a panel has decided.
The word is seen by many as having
Nazi overtones and has been used recently by right-wing groups.
The decision was taken as part of the
Unwort des Jahres contest, which literally means "unword of the year".
The competition is held every year to pick a topical word that is deemed
discriminatory, inflammatory or anti-democratic.
In recent times, members of
Germany's anti-Islam movement Pegida and the right-wing Alternative for Germany party (AfD) have taken to using Volksverraeter as an insult.
The panel - four linguists and a journalist - called it
"a relic of dictatorship".
The competition was established in
1991 under the state-sponsored Society for German Language, but it became independently run four years later."

What is wrong with "voelkisch"?
The German word "Volk" means people and is a common, everyday word.
However, it also at the root of some more historically controversial vocabulary.
The Nazis used the term "voelkisch" ("people's" or "national") to set Germans apart from Jews and others they labelled "racially inferior".
AfD leader Frauke Petry has been criticised recently for trying to put a positive spin on "voelkisch".
She said it was wrong to assume the term is racist.
The 2016 "unword" prize was whittled down from a long list of almost 600 words
Many had links to the refugee crisis, which dominated the German news agenda in the past year.
Past recipients of the awards include the phrases "lying press", "god's warriors" and "ethnic cleansing"
Nominations are open to the public.
The Society for German Language still runs its Word of the Year competition, which started in the 1970s. Its 2016 pick was announced in December: "Postfaktish", post-factual.
According to German news site Deutsche Welle, post-factual was chosen as a "reference both to Donald Trump's political campaign and the global growth of emotion-driven rather than fact-driven politics".
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