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. Access our archive here!

Word of the Week: Kater

Feb 17, 2017 | Germany.info

If you've ever drank too much in one night, you're surely familiar with the headaches and nausea that plague you the next morning. In English, we call this a "hangover". In German, however, it is called a Kater.

Word of the Week: Geduldsfaden

Feb 10, 2017 | Germany.info

Do you ever have those moments where your patience is so thin that you could snap? Germans would say that their Geduldsfaden is tearing.

Word of the Week: Musikantenknochen

Feb 2, 2017 | Germany.info

When you accidentally smash your arm into a table or a door, you might scream in pain because the impact affected your Musikantenknochen - your "musician's bone".

Word of the Week: Muffensausen

Jan 27, 2017 | Germany.info

When you are absolutely terrified of something that is about to happen, how do you describe your feelings? You might say you are "scared to death", "scared sh*tless" or "scared stiff". In German, you would say that you are having Muffensausen.

Word of the Week: Trostpflaster

Jan 19, 2017 | Germany.info

When you have an emotional wound, what do you do it? Cover it up with a bandage, of course! A Trostpflaster, to be specific!

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