Language sometimes has its pitfalls: There are several terms that make you wonder about their so-called political correctness. Among such terms is the greeting "Ski Heil" occasionally used on the slopes!". But is it even allowed to say that, when the word "Heil" may remind one or the other of the dark times in German history? SnowTrex takes a closer look:
The word history of "Heil
The greeting "Heil" goes back to the Latin "Salve", which means "hello". Originally it was intended as a blessing with positive connotations. The word gained a negative meaning gravity by the use in the political context in the National Socialism. The Hitler salutes "Sieg Heil" and "Heil Hitler" expressed the personality cult around the "Fuhrer" and have been banned in Germany and Austria since 1945.