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07/03/2013 02:16 pm ET

'Shitstorm' Is Now A German Word Along With 'Facebook,' 'App' And 'Social Media'

How would you describe a public outcry on the Internet? In Germany, there's now a word for that: "shitstorm."

Duden, the premier German dictionary, unveiled its updated edition this week with some spectacular new German words, including Internet-friendly terms like "Facebook," "app" and "social media," Germany's The Local reports.

Among the 5,000-plus new entries, Duden editors also inducted terms suited for the euro crisis, such as "eurobonds" and "debt brake," according to Deutsche Welle.

It may come as no surprise that "shitstorm" was adopted as a new expression. After all, the term was voted the “Anglicism of the Year” in 2012 by prominent German linguists who believed there was no other word that carried the same force. German Chancellor Angela Merkel even used the slang term during a recent public meeting, The Independent notes.

Interestingly, Oxford Dictionaries has already quietly included "shitstorm" in its online edition, though the English dictionary instead defines the slang term as "a situation marked by violent controversy."

It's no Rindfleischetikettierungsueberwachungsaufgabenuebertragungsgesetz, but it certainly gets the point across.

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