Word of the Week: Nesthocker

Apr 15, 2016

Nesthocker Enlarge image (© colourbox) When you graduated, did you continue to live with your parents or did you find your own place? If you currently live in your parents' basement, you are probably a so-called Nesthocker!

The German word Nesthocker refers to a person who stays in their family home for a long time. For example, someone who graduates from college and then moves back home and stays there for years would be considered a Nesthocker. The term comes from the words Nest (a bird's nest) and Hocker (someone who sits). In proper German, a Nesthocker is a young bird that stays in his nest longer than all the other birds. But in colloquial German, this term also refers to people.

Nesthocker Enlarge image (© colourbox) Unfortunately, financial troubles are what often keeps Nesthocker in their nests. A 2013 FAZ article about Nesthocker says that in Germany, 30 percent of people ages 25 to 34 still live with their parents. Just to compare: in 2015, the US Census bureau found that 30.3 percent of 18-to-34-year-olds in the US live with their parents. The figures show that there are Nesthocker on both side of the Atlantic, and it's not uncommon to be one! So if you live with your parents but wish that you didn't, take solice in the fact that you're not alone (but you probably already knew that)!

By Nicole Glass, Editor of The Week in Germany

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