Germany Removes English Phrases From Signs

Transportation chief is fed up; no more 'stop' or 'ticket'
By Matthew ,  Newser User
Posted Dec 31, 2010 1:57 AM CST Posted Dec 31, 2010 1:57 AM CST
Promoted on Newser Dec 31, 2010 4:23 PM CST
German Transportation Official Bans English
The sign reads "Welcome to Germany."   (Shutterstock)

Germany's transportation minister is not happy with what he considers an invasion of the English language into German culture, and he's fighting back. Thomas Ramsauer has begun replacing English words and phrases used by his department with original German, reports The Local.

"Ticket," for example, is now "Fahrscheinen," and no longer will "stop" or "laptop" appear on official signs or anyplace else. Ramsauer says he's received calls and letters from supporters who would like to see a ban on English throughout other departments in Germany's government.
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