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Minaret ban makes word of the year

“Minarettverbot” – German for “minaret ban” – prevailed over some 2,000 other entries as word of the year for 2009 in German-speaking Switzerland.

The word had the potential to establish itself as a typically Swiss word like “muesli” (cereal), the seven-member jury said on Thursday.

The taboo word of the year is “Ventilklausel”, which describes the regulation of entry and migration of people from the European Union into Switzerland.

The word of the year has been chosen since 2003. The jury is headed by Hannes Hug, a radio personality, and made up of journalists from German-speaking Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

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