It’s the end of a small era: the election for the "youth word of the year" fails this year. No more "babo", no more "smombie", no more "yolo" and no more "I bims". This is confirmed by the head of the pons publishing house, erhard schmidt, to the deutsche presse-agentur.
Whether the election, which is always staged for media attention, is over for good or just a pause "is still being decided," he says. The youth word, this controversial and ridiculed little institution in the german language, no longer exists – at least for the time being.