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Funny German Words
« on: January 24, 2019, 11:34:23 PM »
There are so many! Here are some of my favorites:

I especially like the ones with  -wagen: Krankenwagen, Einkaufswagen, Lastwagen...

Stinktier

Eisbär

Bustenhalter

Krankenschwester
 
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Re: Funny German Words
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2019, 05:43:21 PM »
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Re: Funny German Words
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2019, 08:04:03 PM »
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Re: Funny German Words
« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2020, 06:00:22 PM »
Zuckerkrank  - diabetic, literally sugar-sick

The terms der Diabetiker and diabetisch  also exist, but the native Germanic compounds are always more fun than the Latinate equivalents.
 
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Re: Funny German Words
« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2020, 06:05:51 PM »
Kopfkino (head cinema)

The word Kopfkino refers to mentally playing out an entire scene in your mind, as if in a movie theater.
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Re: Funny German Words
« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2020, 06:18:25 PM »
There are so many! Here are some of my favorites:

I especially like the ones with  -wagen: Krankenwagen, Einkaufswagen, Lastwagen...

Stinktier

Eisbär

Bustenhalter

Krankenschwester

I should have provided translations for these:

-wagen: -wagon

Krankenwagen   - ambulance, literally, sick-wagon

Einkaufswagen   - shopping cart

Lastwagen  - truck (but it looks and sounds like lust-wagon )

Stinktier  - skunk, literally, stink-beast

Eisbär  - polar bear, literally, ice-bear

Büstenhalter  - bra, literally, bust-holder

Krankenschwester   - nurse, literally, sick-sister
 
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Re: Funny German Words
« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2020, 06:24:43 PM »
Lastwagen  - truck (but it looks and sounds like lust-wagon )

Apparently the word Lustwagen  also exists and aptly means pleasure car.   :D
 

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Re: Funny German Words
« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2020, 06:43:33 PM »
Lastwagen  - truck (but it looks and sounds like lust-wagon )

Apparently the word Lustwagen  also exists and aptly means pleasure car.   :D

This is the best picture I could find of a Lustwagen:

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Re: Funny German Words
« Reply #8 on: March 20, 2020, 02:15:39 PM »
Erklärungsnot (explanation poverty)

Erklärungsnot describes the state you might find yourself in when no excuse will get you out of the trouble you're in. No sufficient explanation for failing to do the grocery shopping you told your wife you'd do for her? That’s Erklärungsnot.

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Re: Funny German Words
« Reply #9 on: March 21, 2020, 10:14:12 AM »
Erklärungsnot (explanation poverty)

Erklärungsnot describes the state you might find yourself in when no excuse will get you out of the trouble you're in. No sufficient explanation for failing to do the grocery shopping you told your wife you'd do for her? That’s Erklärungsnot.

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Re: Funny German Words
« Reply #10 on: April 07, 2020, 09:22:31 PM »
Kummerspeck = grief bacon. To gain weight from stress eating.
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Re: Funny German Words
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Kummerspeck = grief bacon. To gain weight from stress eating.

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Re: Funny German Words
« Reply #12 on: Today at 09:57:04 AM »
A while ago, I signed up for a German word of the day email service.  Today's word is

Verstopfung haben: to be constipated

(I have barely learned any German yet, but it is already enough that I appreciate how Heinrich supplies the article when people omit it.  I have been making flashcards of the words I receive and always include the articles.)
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