100 words of the century

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100 words of the century was the title of a media network from 3sat , DeutschlandRadio Berlin , Süddeutsche Zeitung and Suhrkamp Verlag . In 1999, a collection of 100 words that were seen as particularly indicative of the 20th century was presented on public television and radio , in a national newspaper and in a book.

Organization and jury

The words were selected by a jury of prominent personalities from the fields of journalism , literature and television on the initiative of the 3sat editorial team at Kulturzeit . The project was sponsored by the Society for German Language e. V. scientifically supported.

The jury included:


in alphabetic order

See also


  • Wolfgang Schneider (Red.): 100 words of the century . Suhrkamp (st 2973), Frankfurt am Main 1999, ISBN 3-518-39473-8 (with accompanying essays).
  • The Sprachdienst (journal of the Society for German Language e.V.) explained words on this list from year 43 (1999) in random order.