East Germany: Semantics of Separatism

What wears a uniform, stamps pass ports and has a title 53 letters long?

Answer: Angehoriger des Zolls der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik —a member of the customs office of the German Democratic Republic. Until a few years ago, such an official would have been called simply ein Beamter (an official), and he is still called just that in West Germany. But in an effort to show that their half of the country has nothing in common with the other half, East Germany's Communist bosses are inventing and adapting a whole new lexicon of words and phrases. Explains Die Freiheit, a...

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