German Language is quite something. You either love it or hate it. Usually, there is no middle ground. It’s logical, almost too logical. It’s aggressive. Some say almost too aggressive. That’s what makes German so unique. It’s no wonder that German language is full of weird words and phrases. Let’s have a look at five of the most unique and weird german words:
As is with a lot of German words, Schadenfreude is a combination of two separate words: Schaden (damage) and Freude (joy). Have you figured out what it means yet? Schadenfreude is the experience of pleasure and joy from someone else’s misfortune, misery and failures.
Example: Imagine an ex-boss of yours who unfairly fired you from your job. You get news that he’s been dismissed by the board and is now unemployed. You subconsciously smile and cheer his or her misery and dismay. In other words, you’re experiencing schadenfreude!
We all know that one person with a punchable face. While violence is never okay and certainly not advocated, some faces just look more adept to being slapped than others. They just radiate such energy. As usual, German language delivers. I present you with: “Backpfeifengesicht”: A face in need of slapping! Unsurprisingly, it’s a combination of two words: Backpfiefe (a slap in the cheek) and Gesicht (face). Turns out weird German words are super fun, aren’t they?!
Example: Imagine you’re a German football fan, watching your national team play vs. Brazil. You get extremely annoyed at the diving and playacting of Brazilian superstar, Neymar Jr. His antics and trolling face really get on your nerve. You look at your mate and say: “Neymar really has a Backpfiefengesicht.”
Have you ever been in a stressful, sad and nerve-wrecking situation in which you simply didn’t know what to do and found solace in eating? Of course you have. Germans have a word for it. I introduce ‘Kummerspeck’. To surprise of absolutely no one, Kummerspeck is a combination of two words: Kummer (grief) and Speck (Bacon). Kummerspeck refers to the weight a person gains as a result of emotional eating during times of stress, unhappiness and depression. We’ve all have Kummerspeck at some point in our lives, haven’t we?!
Example: Angela is a pleasant young woman who’s recently been dumped by her boyfriend, Mark. She is heartbroken and trying to analyze where it all went wrong in her relationship. While her mind is all over the place, she keeps eating ice cream from the fridge. One scoop after another. Next time you know, She’s gained 4 kilos. That’s Kummerspeck for you !
What is there to say…Have you tried pronouncing this word yet? Recognized by Guinness Book of World Records as the longest German word used in daily life, Rechtsschutzversicherungsgesellschaften refers to insurance companies which offer and provide legal protection. Weird German words really are a thing. it’s fact and no fiction!
Example: You’ve just started your company and are now looking for an insurance company that provides legal protection for you and your firm. You call your friend and ask him: “Hey mate, do you know any Rechtsschutzversicherungsgesellschaften ?
Of course we’ll conclude the article with something language-related. Sprachgefühl is a combination of Sprache (Language) and Gefühl (Feeling) and refers to a persian with natural talent and feeling for languages. I personally believe everyone is a Sprachgefühl , but many others disagree. What do you think?!
Example: Maria speaks six languages fluently. Her friend, Thomas, is very envious and secretly admires Maria. In his mind, Maria has Sprachgefühl, but he doesn’t.