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: Kabelsalat

Nov 27, 2015 | Germany.info

If there's one thing Germans really despise, it's having an unappealing Kabelsalat growing in the corner of their homes. Literally translated, this German word means “cable salad” and refers to a tangled mess of electrical cords that can quickly become overwhelming.

Word of the Week: Hochwasserhose

Nov 20, 2015 | Germany.info

Are your pants too short? Are your socks visible when you sit down? You may be wearing a Hochwasserhose!

Word of the Week: Wunderkind

Nov 13, 2015 | Germany.info

The English language occasionally adopts German words - and Wunderkind is one of them! The word Wunderkind translates to "wonder child" and it refers to a child prodigy or a very talented and successful person.

Word of the Week: Sollbruchstelle

Nov 6, 2015 | Germany.info

The German word Sollbruchstelle is unique and not easily translatable. But it is useful: this word describes the predetermined breaking point of an object, such as the ridges in a bar of chocolate where you break off a square.

Word of the Week: Fremdkörpergefühl

Oct 30, 2015 | Germany.info

Something feels uncomfortable. Maybe you have an eyelash stuck in your eye, or something scratchy in your throat. Whatever it is, it's not supposed to be there, and it's giving you a Fremdkörpergefühl.

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