Langenscheidt-Verlag has been looking for the next youth word of the year since August. There were initially ten candidates to choose from, of which only three finalists remained after a vote. These were “smash”, “bottomless” and “doer”. Another voting followed, the winner of which was presented on Tuesday morning.
Youth word of the year 2022 is fixed
With a total of 43 percent of all votes, “smash” won the title “Youth Word of the Year”. According to the publisher, only the votes of 10 to 20 year olds are counted in the voting. A newer procedure used since 2020. But anyone can take part – even if their own opinion may not be valued. Votes in the high six-digit range have been received. The youth quota here was 77 percent.
What does “smash” actually mean?
If you don’t know what to do with the youth word of the year, the publisher’s explanation of the term will help. For young people, smash means “to start something with someone”, “to pick someone up” or “to have sex with someone”. The word originates from the game “Smash or Pass” in which young people use pictures to decide whether they would like to do something with the person in question – or not.
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Youth word choice has been around for a long time
Since 2008 – with the exception of 2019 – the Langenscheidt publishing house has been looking for the youth word of the year every year. The first winner back then was “Gammelfleischparty” – an over 30s party from the perspective of young people. Last year “cringe” won the competition. Other winners include words such as “YOLO”, “Honorary Man/Woman”, “Babo”, “lost” and more.