Word of the Week: Sitzfleisch

Feb 26, 2016

Sitzfleisch Enlarge image (© dpa) Do you have something important that you need to finish at work? If you have enough Sitzfleisch, you may be able to get it done in one sitting!

The German word Sitzfleisch is incredibly strange and unique. Literally translated, it means "sitting meat". In a literal sense, it could very well refer to the flesh on your behind. But it's not used to describe the size of your booty. What it refers to is your ability to sit through or tolerate something boring. This often involves sitting for long periods of time. So the longer you are able to "sit through" a task, the more Sitzfleisch (or "sitting meat") you have! Having a lot of Sitzfleisch is actually a good thing!

Enlarge image People with lots of Sitzfleisch will be able to write books, paint masterpieces and complete any other job that requires lots of time and attention. The difference between a writer and an aspiring writer is that the writer has the required Sitzfleisch to put his words onto paper, while the aspiring writer may be struggling to get started. How much Sitzfleisch do you have?

By Nicole Glass, Editor of The Week in Germany

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