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: Welpenschutz

Feb 18, 2011 | Germany.info
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Welpenschutz. We bet you've seen it around your office!

Word of the Week: Krass

Feb 11, 2011 | Germany.info
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Have you ever had a friend tell you an amazing story and you just weren’t sure how to react? Enter the word krass, the ultimate comeback word for any situation!

Word of the Week: Wintermärchen

Feb 4, 2011 | Germany.info
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With a third of the US hit by the worst blizzard in decades, it seems almost cynical to talk about  Wintermärchen (winter’s tale). But the German word Wintermärchen is not about the weather. Instead it refers to the satirical verse-epic Deutschland. Ein Wintermärchen (Germany: A Winter’s Tale) written in 1843 by German-Jewish author Heinrich Heine and first published in 1844.

Word of the Week: Zeitzeuge (and) Zeitreise

Jan 28, 2011 | Germany.info
Zeitreise

The popular German expression zeitgeist has wended its way into the English language. Two of its temporal cousins, however, are less known in the anglophone world - Zeitzeuge and Zeitreise.

Word of the Week: Alternativlos

Jan 21, 2011 | Germany.info
Unwort des Jahres (Un-Word of the Year) - Alternativlos

Over the course of the year, Germany.info and The Week in Germany will highlight a different "Word of the Week" in the German language that may serve to surprise, delight or just plain perplex native ...

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