label レッテル

May 24, 2015 =========
☆ label レッテル
I had never heard of this katakana word until this edition of the Eigo Techo was made. Do you know what country it is from? It’s not English (at least, I don’t think it is!!) maybe German or French? I’m not sure. In any case, I guess in the original language it means a “label” as in the noun for a way to describe someone.
“Label” is usually used in a negative way, to show that you disapprove of someone or something. For example, “he was given the label of the most hated president of all time.” Or “I’m a little overweight, but I hate the label chubby.”
Labels are often decided by and given out by groups of people to individuals, for example the “cool kids” at school label the “uncool kids”. Is this also common in Japan, are labels use often in this negative way?