Favourite German words

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Jammerlappen. hands down winner.

 

Dudelsack a close second.

I love Dudelsack I have a friend who is very proud to play one and he carries on about his middelalter dudelsacken.

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Scogs was speaking to the neighbor today who was tearing plants out of our flowerbeds right and left and saying something he didn't understand. Of course, it was "Unkraut".

Now, you can say what you like about Germans and their language, but calling a weed "un-herb" is genius.

*Kraut = herb; Unkraut = weed*

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"irritiert"

 

Sie haben mich gerade etwas irritiert.

 

I thought it was another German way of being rude to tell me that I irritated them, but it just means I confounded them. I´m good at that.

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Vnkrautbekicinpfuig

I appreciated that one, believe me. Must be Mittelhochdeutsch or some similar throat disease.

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I have to go with "zweckentfremdet" - using something for a purpose other than that which was originally intended.

One german word instead of a clumsy english sentence. Brilliant !

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Schmetterling for me too :-) and Beschleunigung

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I appreciated that one, believe me. Must be Mittelhochdeutsch or some similar throat disease.

Not quite. It's a modern-day Althochdeutsch-Turkish-Bavarian term denoting the necessity to burn unwanted weeds with the use of a bunsen burner... :)

 

Vnkraut = weed (Althochdeutsch)

 

bek = bunsen burner (Turkish)

 

icin = for (Turkish)

 

pfui(g) = Ugh! (Bavarian)

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Simulant. I was talking to my mom on the phone and said "I used to think those people were simulators". Errm, oops.

 

Would the Pretenders be called die Simulaten in German?

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