Word of the Week

Every Friday, Germany.info and The Week in Germany highlight a different "Word of the Week" in the German language that may serve to surprise, delight or just plain perplex native English speakers.

Word of the Week: Strohwitwe

Mar 27, 2015 | Germany.info
Strohwitwe

If someone calls themselves a Strohwitwe, they're probably feeling lonely. A "straw widow" is someone who has been temporarily left alone by her partner. The word Stroh means "straw" and Witwe means ...

Word of the Week: Nabelschau

Mar 20, 2015 | Germany.info
Nabelschau

The German word Nabelschau means “navel-gazing” or "staring at your navel". But in this case, it doesn’t refer to anyone else’s belly button – just your own.

Word of the Week: Katzenwäsche

Mar 11, 2015 | Germany.info
Katzenwäsche

You overslept and don't have time for a shower - what do you do? In Germany, a Katzenwäsche would be your solution!

Word of the Week: Peterwagen

Mar 6, 2015 | Germany.info
Peterwagen - Hamburg

In Germany, you might recognize a cop car by the large green or blue stripe that stretches around the vehicle. It might seem like a police car is called a Streifenwagen ("stripe-car") because of this, but the German word Streife also means "patrol". But in Hamburg, police cars go by a different name: Peterwagen, which means "Peter-car".

Word of the Week: Spargeltarzan

Feb 27, 2015 | Germany.info
Spargeltarzan

While being called Tarzan is usually a compliment, being referred to as a Spargeltarzan is much less flattering. Literally translated, it means "asparagus-Tarzan". And no one wants to look like a stalk of asparagus!

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