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Review note on Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, November 22, 2019

The linguist Hans-Martin Gauger who is reviewing here is happy about this book by Eike Christian Hirsch, as he discovers "language accidents" which he himself has already warned: He reads here, for example, that the term "Holocaust" is basically inappropriate because that Greek "Holocaust", translated from Hebrew in the Old Testament, meant the "total burning" of an animal intended as a sacrifice. The reviewer credits the fact that Hirsch is otherwise very gracious in his criticism of language: "That makes sense" he can confidently continue to say, he learns.
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