The headline, no matter which languages you may understand, is clear: Is Donald Trump a Sex Monster? With the recent revelations surrounding the candidate for the Presidency of the United States of America and his sexual leanings, it should come as no surprise to anyone that the international press has also hit upon the many stories emanating from his campaign and those involved with him.
What has surprised many, it seems, is that a German-language newspaper has used the English language to describe him or, for legal reasons, to ask about the legality of his position and actions. Bild newspaper, which is a mass-market scandal sheet much of the time, has latched on to the revelations of sexual abuse, sexual assault and other proclivities emerging about Trump and his past by using the words Sex and Monster as a single word on their front page.
Is there not, some have asked, a German word or two? Did they have to use English? It’s not as if Germany doesn’t also have sexual predators and perverts, so why English?
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The words Sex and Monster have been a part of the German language for many years and have not simply come into fashion – as single words or run together, which the Germans love to do – over the last few months. Both words are clear and have meaning for Germans. There are few who use the German words today, and for good reason, except in legal and legislative documents.
The German for sex is Geschlechtsverkehr, for monster ungeheuer. A combination of the two would probably have blown the typesetter’s mind and caused many of the normal readers of this newspaper to stutter and reach for their nearest dictionary. Sexmonster, on the other hand, is clear and easy to understand, even when run together as one word.
As to whether these words are applicable to Donald Trump and his actions and predilections is left for the reader to decide.
- Viktoria Michaelis.