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: Spargeltarzan

Feb 27, 2015 | Germany.info

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 stal...

Word of the Week: Studentenfutter

Feb 20, 2015 | Germany.info

If you're craving a healthy snack, what do you go for? Studentenfutter, perhaps? The German word Studentenfutter means "students' feed", but describes what we typically refer to as trail mix. And it has an interesting story dating back to the 1600s.

Word of the Week: Kummerkastentante

Feb 12, 2015 | Germany.info

If you've got a lot of worries, have no fear! The Kummerkastentante is there for you! Directly translated, Kummerkastentante means "worry-box-aunt", but it basically describes an advice columnist. Ma...

Word of the Week: Butterfahrt

Feb 6, 2015 | Germany.info

The German word "Butterfahrt" might sound strange at first. Literally translated, it means "butter ride" and might evoke images of smooth sailing. This word, however, defines a quick trip into duty-free waters to buy cheap goods - including, of course, butter.

Word of the Week: Tante-Emma-Laden

Jan 30, 2015 | Germany.info

If you're making dinner and you forgot an ingredient, what do you do? Well, some of you might head over to a grocery store. But depending on where you are, it might be easier to walk to theTante-Emma-...

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