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Old 15.08.2014, 09:59
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Re: Favourite German words

Are there any particular words you are After ?
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Re: Favourite German words

A personal favourite: das Schlangestehen -- snake-standing., a.k.a. queueing (waiting in line). It's a lovely German word, and where are you going to find more than five consecutive vowels in one English word?* ☺


*In a mediaeval music mnemonic, but let's be reasonable.
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Re: Favourite German words

Has to be TANKFIST - well that is the direct translation for a Bazooka or anti-tank rocket. Panzerfaust.
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Re: Favourite German words

Call me morbid but I like lebensmüde - Tired of life (AKA suicidal). Does what it says on the tin like many german words!

Also, something that was doing the rounds at work the other day

http://www.babbel.com/magazine/funny...ames-in-german
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Re: Favourite German words

I like all the "oi" words.... Like Gebäude
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Re: Favourite German words

Best word for Greeks was, is, and forever will be putzen (and putzfrau).

The first rings very close to a slang greek word for male ding-dong, so the lady that is occupying herself with it, makes for a very funny expression.

Oh the laughs in junior high-school
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Re: Favourite German words

Not german but swiss german: it took me several years to figure out that "Tseeshtig" was Dienstag (Tuesday).
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Best word for Greeks was, is, and forever will be putzen (and putzfrau).

The first rings very close to a slang greek word for male ding-dong, so the lady that is occupying herself with it, makes for a very funny expression.

Oh the laughs in junior high-school
This means the same in Yiddish...its something you call someone

I laughed a bit when I put putz in google. The first entry is the (north american) english definition:

1) engage in inconsequential or unproductive activity. (putzen sounds about right)

2) a stupid or worthless person.
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Re: Favourite German words

My NON favourite German words are anything beginning with Pf ...... I can`t seem to get my mouth to say that combination.
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My NON favourite German words are anything beginning with Pf ...... I can`t seem to get my mouth to say that combination.
What about Höhe? How on earth does one pronounce that?
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Re: Favourite German words

I like the Schifffahrplan. Yes, that's three fff one after the other . Got to love the combined words.
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Re: Favourite German words

Ruriräschli
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Re: Favourite German words

fuedliblutt or bireweich.
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Re: Favourite German words

Verschlimmbesserung.

http://de.urbandictionary.com/define...hlimmbesserung

Liberally sprinkled throughout the local newspaper, especially articles on politics and road works.
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fuedliblutt or bireweich.
Had to look those up...

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Re: Favourite German words

Ringhörig (SG) and heikel (G)
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Verschlimmbesserung.

http://de.urbandictionary.com/define...hlimmbesserung

Liberally sprinkled throughout the local newspaper, especially articles on politics and road works.
Like it. Particularly as it has "bad" and "improvement" next to each other.

Might not have an English translation, but in Russian there's a saying that goes "I wanted to make it better, but it turned out as per usual" that captures the spirit of Versclimmbesserung.
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Re: Favourite German words

Not my favourite word - but seriously WTF.....

Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübert ragungsgesetz

And I though Welsh towns were complicated!! If you can pronounce that in 1 go I take my hat off.
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Had to look those up...

Learn sumfin' every day here on EF... thanks, Crazygringo!
my favorite in standard German has to be "ignorieren", since it sounds almost exactly like what my father would say (in English) to someone he was ignoring because he didn't like what they had said.

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