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: Betonfrisur

Sep 15, 2017 | Germany.info

Do you ever see people walking around with hair that looks like it's glued in place? In German, you would call that hairstyle a Betonfrisur.

Word of the Week: Milchgesicht

Sep 8, 2017 | Germany.info

Do people tell you that you have a baby face? In Germany, you would be described as having a Milchgesicht!

Word of the Week: Luftkuss

Sep 1, 2017 | Germany.info

With a word for almost everything, Germans have many ways to express themselves verbally. Although you might not think of German as being a particularly romantic language, it does have some love terminology that do not exist in English - like the word Luftkuss.

Word of the Week: Vielfraß

Aug 25, 2017 | Germany.info

Do you love chocolate chip cookies - and could you eat a whole box of them - after finishing a whole pizza by yourself? Most of us indulge at times, but those who can consume large quantities of food all day every day may be called a Vielfraß.

Word of the Week: tote Hose

Aug 19, 2017 | Germany.info
tote Hose

If you've ever been to a party that had nothing going on, you might want to call it tote Hose ("dead trousers"). But why?

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