Have you ever been typing in German in a blaze of BLOCK CAPITAL anger, but been stopped short by the inability to write the next letter of the word SCHEI…? Help is finally at hand.
At the end of June, the German Spelling Council decided to add a capital ß (Eszett) to the language, bringing to an end a debate that had raged on in the world of German orthography since the 19th century.
Now, instead of using SS to capitalize the Eszett, Germans should use ẞ.
In other news, there is a German Spelling Council, and this is their rationalization:
In German passports, names appear in uppercase, meaning that until now, someone with the surname Großmann has had to put up with the humiliation of being confused with a Grossmann.
So now at least those writing angry uppercase emails who get stuck at the “SCHEI” in “Scheiße” have their solution.
A hundred years from now, this little dustup will be forgotten. (Worst case: this little dustup will be forgotten because the official language of Germany will be Arabic.)