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Old 17.10.2014, 22:44
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Re: Favourite German words

Kotzen...sounds absolutely sickning.
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Old 17.10.2014, 23:16
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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.
Hmph... and the best that the English can give is, "Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis " (names of chemical compounds notwithstanding).

Chess players will recognise "Zugzwang" and "Zwischenzug". If you did well in English literacy (or simply had to know it for your SATs or what not), then "Schadenfreude" is well established, as is "Zeitgeist".

Closer to Germany, the first forays of the non-German speaking traveller reveal gems like Ausfahrt (or Ein- same word, or just the word without the first three letters), often garnering the same reaction as most who hear the automated PA on the London tube announce one of the termini of the Piccadilly tube line. Anyone who has tried to (comically, or otherwise) insult someone in German knows Dummkopf.
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Anyone who has tried to (comically, or otherwise) insult someone in German knows Dummkopf.
I prefer Döösbaddel.
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Schickimicki! I love this word!
Which means?
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Re: Favourite German words

geschmuggelt - does what it says on the tin! (smuggled)
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Old 15.03.2015, 22:01
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Re: Favourite German words

"Sehr gern" and "gerne". They put it in soooo many different sentences. And it always sounds very polite. Love it!
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Re: Favourite German words

love the descriptive aspects of German, even for ailments:

Verstopfung

and the opposite

Durchfall
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Durchfall
This is the consequence of that restaurant classic, "Durchgenende warme Küche"
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This is the consequence of that restaurant classic, "Durchgenende warme Küche"
Nice try, but German is accurate enough to prevent that kind of interpretation. It's "durchgehend," not "durchgehende," which makes it absolutely clear that there are warm meals available during the entire opening hours, not warm meals going directly through the entire digestive tract.

Endings are there for a reason.
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Old 16.03.2015, 10:44
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Re: Favourite German words

I discovered lately that a pullover without arms is called a "Pullunder". Oh those clever Germans.
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Re: Favourite German words

Guckkasten

Telly.
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Old 16.03.2015, 21:09
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Nice try, but German is accurate enough to prevent that kind of interpretation. It's "durchgehend," not "durchgehende," which makes it absolutely clear that there are warm meals available during the entire opening hours, not warm meals going directly through the entire digestive tract.

Endings are there for a reason.

OK, ok, bad joke versus pedantry, pedantry wins...
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Old 16.03.2015, 21:24
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Re: Favourite German words

Nuckelpinne

Berlin word for a very small car
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Re: Favourite German words

Tageshit

or

Preishit
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Re: Favourite German words

This word made us giggle during the German class when we first learn about it..
dick

I still feel funny saying this word in German
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OK, ok, bad joke versus pedantry, pedantry wins...
Yeah, German is one of those languages where pedantry is an important factor. That admittedly takes some fun out of it, unlike, for instance, English, where Bologna rhymes with Mahoney, but it also avoids lots of uncertainties.

Besides that, of course, I'm Swiss, which means that Pedant is my middle name.
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Re: Favourite German words

Berliner.

Hamburger.

Frankfurter.

Pariser.

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Old 17.03.2015, 08:12
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Re: Favourite German words

Nachrichts - after (one's) rights? from the Nachrichtendienst My OH says Nachright is a piece of news - hmmm, my interpretation fits better in this case.
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Nachrichts - after (one's) rights? from the Nachrichtendienst My OH says Nachright is a piece of news - hmmm, my interpretation fits better in this case.
Not to be too much of a pedant (to continue the theme), but it seems you're mixing up Recht and Nachricht. The Nachrichten in your example translates to English as information, or intelligence (in the military sense) -- i.e. related to news.
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Hausfrauenpanzer
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