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: Saukalt

Jan 13, 2017 | Germany.info

Feeling a bit cold? Or are you frozen stuff? In German, there's a word to describe what it's like when it's really, really cold -- Saukalt, which means "pig-cold"!

Word of the Week: Schneematsch

Dec 23, 2016 | Germany.info

Snow is beautiful, but Schneematsch is not! This German word means "snow mud", and it defines that brown, dirty slush that seeps into your shoes when the snow melts on the streets.

Word of the Week: Kaufrausch

Dec 23, 2016 | Germany.info

With Christmas a day away, the stores are filled with last-minute shoppers trying to collect gifts for loved ones. Parking is difficult, stores are overcrowded, lines are long and many items are sold out. This is all due to the so-called Kaufrausch.

Word of the Week: Freundschaftsdienst

Dec 16, 2016 | Germany.info

Sometimes you do things for other people that you don't like. Why do you do it? Because of your Freundschaftsdienst!

Word of the Week: Postfaktisch

Dec 9, 2016 | Germany.info

The word Postfaktisch has been selected as the German Word of the Year by the Society for the German Language. This is a new word that was immensely popular in both English and German throughout 2016, especially during the time frame of Brexit and the US presidential election.

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