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Tag: word of the week

  • Word of the Week: Elefantenrennen

    Few things are as annoying as being stuck behind a truck on a highway – with no way around. Germans have a unique word for one such phenomena. The German…

  • Word of the Week: Eigenbrötler

    We all know someone who hates teamwork, avoids other people and willingly spends a lot of time alone. You might call someone like this antisocial or introverted. But in German,…

  • Word of the Week: Dachlawine

    East Coast residents, watch out! With every blizzard comes the danger of many Dachlawinen! If you brave the cold and head out into the snow, watch your head as you…

  • Word of the Week: Jeck

    Carnival seems to be the best time to have a look at an interesting German word: Jeck. The word is used almost exclusively in the Rhineland, especially in the city…

  • Word of the Week: Frühlingsgefühle

    Large parts of the countryside may still be covered in snow, but in some areas people have already had the pleasure of taking the first stroll of the year outside…

  • Word of the Week: Krass

    Have you ever had a friend tell you an amazing story and you just weren’t sure how to react? Enter the word krass, the ultimate comeback word for any situation!…

  • Word of the Week: Zeitreise

    The popular German expression Zeitgeist has, like Kindergarten and Gesundheit, wended its way into the English language (which some might even go so far to claim is “based on German,”…

  • Word of the Week: Alternativlos

    First there was that eyebrow-raising and little known German word of the year – Wutbürger (enraged citizen). Now there is the Unwort des Jahres, or ‘un-word’ of the year –…

  • Word of the Week: Gute Vorsätze

    At the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, many of us transform suddenly from inebriated revelers to neurotic dieters as we make shedding those extra holiday pounds one of…