Angela Merkel may be about to add yet another triumph to her glittering career and enter the German language with a word of her own.
Merkelling looks set to be named as the Youth Word of the Year by the publishers of the famous Langenscheidt dictionary.
Merkeln, or “to Merkel”, is currently leading a national poll organised by the publishers to choose the best neologism coined by young people in 2015.
It is, however, not entirely complimentary to the German Chancellor.
The publishers’ website gives the definition of Merkelling as “to do nothing, make no decisions, express nothing of yourself”.
It seems that German youth is less than enamoured of Mrs Merkel’sfamously non-committal style of politics.
An arch-pragmatist, Mrs Merkel is known for preferring to react to events rather following any political ideology.
“She has a strong value of freedom, and everything else is negotiable,” one of her opponents, Katrin Göring-Eckardt of the Green Party, once said of her.
And one of Mrs Merkel’s own advisors told a former US ambassador: “The Chancellor’s long-term view is about two weeks”.
It’s an approach that has seen Mrs Merkel lead her Christian Democrat party to three consecutive election victories, so she can probably live with Merkelling.
Other contenders for German Youth Word of the Year include Earthporn, meaning a “beautiful landscape”, and Disco Pumper, meaning “some one who only trains to look good at the disco”, and Tinderella, meaning “a female who uses online dating platforms such as Tinder excessively”.
Smombie, a “composite of zombie and smartphone”, means “some one who is spellbound by their mobile phone and doesn’t look where they’re going”.