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The Independent Online
BERLIN (AP) - Experts say that a new word expressing German annoyance with 'politics as usual' has become the country's most popular word for 1992. Politikverdrossenheit appears in editorials and speeches bemoaning a cranky national mood, or East- West arguments, or the wishy- washy public reaction to violence against foreigners. The Society for the German Language said Politikverdrossenheit, which breaks down into Politik, and Verdrossenheit, which comes from the verb verdriessen, meaning to annoy - had made a strong impact on public speech.

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