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: Unwetter

Aug 19, 2016 | Germany.info

Germans have a word for everything - including really bad weather. The word for weather is "Wetter", but the word for weather that causes you to run for cover is "Unwetter".

Word of the Week: Zukunftsangst

Aug 12, 2016 | Germany.info

Germans have many different words to describe fear. One such word is "Zukunftsangst", which describes a fear of the future. Does "Zukunftsangst" motivate you to work harder?

Word of the Week: Mutterseelenallein

Aug 5, 2016 | Germany.info

Do you feel lonely? On a scale of 1 to 10, how lonely do you feel? If it's a 10, Germans have a special word for this type of extreme loneliness: mutterseelenallein.

Word of the Week: Abschiedsschmerz

Jul 29, 2016 | Germany.info

Few things are more painful than saying goodbye to someone you care about. In German, there's a word for this type of pain: Abschiedsschmerz.

Word of the Week: Schenkelklopfer

Jul 22, 2016 | Germany.info

A Schenkelklopfer is a simple, corny but effective joke that evokes serious laughter. The direct translation is "thigh slapper" but in English, the term "knee slapper" is a more commonly used equivalent. This type of joke is so funny that it may have listeners slapping their knees while laughing.

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