Word of the Week: Plaudertasche

May 13, 2011

Mädchen zusammen in Küche Enlarge image (© dpa / picture-alliance) 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.

Plaudertasche

A "Plaudertasche" is a slang expression for "chatterbox". It is generally used as a cute term of endearment to describe a very wordy person.

While it may also of course be applied in a critical sense, it is more often than not merely a fun way to describe someone who enjoys long, in-depth conversations, preferably (for many task-oriented Germans) laced with some deep thought and analysis.

"Plaudertasche" can also be used, however, as a moniker for someone who is more than a tad gossipy.

This is yet another of the myriad existing compound nouns that is derived from two separate words - the verb "plaudern", which essentially means to make small talk or to chit chat, and the noun "Tasche", which means bag. (A handbag, for instance, is a "Handtasche".)

This noun is not always used in everday language, and is most likely not listed in official dictionaries as it is more of a slang expression. But it could be whipped out to impress German speakers as a cheeky way of describing a chatty friend.

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