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: Lebensmüde

Aug 11, 2017 | Germany.info

We all have days where we feel tired and worn out. But if you feel like this every day, you may be lebensmüde.

Word of the Week: Arschbombe

Jul 28, 2017 | Germany.info
Cannonball contest in Thuringia

You're standing at the edge of the swimming pool, getting read to jump in. As you make the leap, you bring your knees in as close as you can and wrap your arms around them. You tuck in your chin and get ready for the impact. Like a cannonball, you meet the water with a huge splash - one that grabs the attention of other kids and provokes glares from angry sunbathers trying to stay dry. You have just created an Arschbombe.

Word of the Week: Gernegroß

Jul 21, 2017 | Germany.info

Gernegroß. This German word sounds like it would be simple to define - but it's not. Although it translates to "wanting to be big", it has nothing to do with one's height, weight or physical appearance.

Word of the Week: Freibad

Jul 14, 2017 | Germany.info
Freibadwetter in Berlin

When it's hot outside, Germans head over to the Freibad, which means "free pool" (but it is usually not free)!

Word of the Week: Urlaubsreif

Jul 7, 2017 | Germany.info

Did you forget to make plans this summer? Are you watching all of your coworkers go on vacation while you are tied up in your office? You are probably urlaubsreif.

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