Word of the Week: Krass

Feb 11, 2011

© picture-alliance/ dpa Enlarge image (© picture-alliance/ dpa) Over the course of the year, Germany.info and The Week in Germany will highlight a different "Word of the Week" in the German language that may serve to surprise, delight or just plain perplex native English speakers.

Krass

Have you ever had a friend tell you an amazing story and you just weren't sure how to react? Enter the word krass, the ultimate comeback word for any situation!

Mostly used among younger Germans, krass is very informal and can mean practically anything. Originally krass had several meanings. Several literal translations are glaring, blatant and complete. However, there is no exact translation for the way krass is used today. In fact, the popularity of the word probably comes from its meaninglessness. This allows it to be used whenever comment on something you maybe shouldn't or express something there just isn't a word for. Krass is a word that helps you out in  precarious situations.

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