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: Warmduscher

Aug 21, 2015 | Germany.info

What do you call someone who loves comfort, predictability and habitually avoids all risks? In other words - a pansy? A Warmduscher!

Word of the Week: Lausbub

Aug 14, 2015 | Germany.info

Some kids are sweet, some kids are annoying and others might be called a Lausbub! This German word describes little rascals who are always up to no good.

Word of the Week: Miesepeter

Aug 6, 2015 | Germany.info

Do you know someone who's always miserable and who's negativity gets you down? Germans would call that person a Miesepeter! And it's best to avoid them when they're exhibiting a state of misery.

Word of the Week: Besserwisser

Jul 31, 2015 | Germany.info

We all know a Besserwisser. Maybe it's that classmate who constantly corrects the teacher, or that friend who points out every one of your spelling mistakes. Perhaps it's your colleague, who believes he's the only one who can do the job correctly.

Word of the Week: Filmriss

Jul 24, 2015 | Germany.info

Can't remember what happened last night? Then you're suffering from a Filmriss!

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