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: Hackenporsche

Sep 23, 2016 | Germany.info
Hackenporsche

Have you ever seen an elderly individual pull their groceries home in a shopping scooter? In German, that's a so-called Hackenporsche!

Word of the Week: Spinnefeind

Sep 16, 2016 | Germany.info
Spinnefeind

A spinnefeind relationship is toxic! Even though this German word translates to "spider inimical", this type of antagonistic relationship is between creatures who have two legs and not eight!

Word of the Week: Spatzenhirn

Sep 9, 2016 | Germany.info
Spatz

What do you call someone who lacks intelligence? A Spatzenhirn, of course! This colloquial term means "sparrow's brain".

Word of the Week: Purzelbaum

Sep 2, 2016 | Germany.info
Purzelbaum

The German word Purzelbaum sounds like some sort of strange tree. After all, the German word for tree is Baum. But this term actually describes an acrobatic move often practiced by kids - the so-calle...

Word of the Week: Schneidersitz

Aug 26, 2016 | Germany.info
Schneidersitz

When you're sitting cross-legged, what do you call that position? The English language lacks a noun to describe it, but in German, that's the so-called Schneidersitz ("tailor's sitting position").

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