Which harmless word sounds profane

Word of the week No. 96:CRACKING POINT

According to Duden, the "decisive point on which something specific depends".

When it comes to the sticking point, I immediately think of Ritter Sport, where the “sticking point” is the trick to opening the packaging!


Word of the Week No. 95:TRANTÜTE

Someone who takes a long time to choose a new word of the week ....; )


Word of the Week No. 94:FRAPPING

So far I only knew this word as an addition to "similar".

In fact, it means (among other things) "striking, extraordinary, surprising" and - care! - »STUPEND (educational language)«

Stupend, in turn, means "especially due to its size", e.g. B. amazing knowledge ... although I have to think of STUPIDE.


Word of the Week No. 93:


DaWanda is 10 years old!

I am there for about 8.5 years:)

And now we are celebrating together in Düsseldorf and let it rip!


Word of the week No. 92: HEEL MONEY

... give (colloquial jokingly: flee, run away: instead of defending himself, he preferred to give heel money

"The most sensible means of payment is sometimes the heel money" Gerd W. Heyse


Word of the Week No. 91:OPENING

Come over!!!

Word of the week No. 90:GRACE GIFTER

So there are not only blood donors and soap donors, but also donors of grace.

I need something like that:)

On the website www.devotionalien.de there is not only the donor of grace (in various sizes and designs, e.g. hand-colored or wood tone), but also a »Painful Maria«.

Geez. I don't think I need them.


Word of the Week No. 89:ROBBER GUN

A robber pistol is an incredible, hair-raising story (which someone presents as true).

I stumbled upon the term in a crime scene review. It said the end was a real robber's pistol.

Unfortunately I can't find anything about the origin - how do you come up with such a term?

The English translation is "fish story" or "cock-and-bull story", after all the word "story" occurs here.

Nonetheless, a wonderful term that will pass into my vocabulary and will hopefully be used at some point.


Word of the Week No. 88:SOLIDARITY


Word of the Week No. 87: IWO

"Oh, iwo!" ... means something like "Oh, by no means!"

But where does the word come from? Or is it two? I-where?

The Duden thinks yes, but cannot give me any word origins. Instead, two new words that I have never heard before - "in the alphabet before": Ivorian and behind: Iwrit.

Iwrit - a new product from apple with a misspelled word?

... Now new: the iWrite, your writing utensil for every day!

But I digress - where did I come from where?

"This is Bavarian, simply a dialect" writes a user at GuteFrage.net.

Mmh, so from I (ch) wo (iss net = don't know) ...?


Word of the Week No. 86:WORSE ...

Older people in particular like to say "I have a bad knee / a bad foot / ..." when they want to express that they have health problems in one part of the body.

But one bad finger, you don't have it, you only know it.

According to the definition »a rascal / a crook / someone who is a (petty) criminal«. But why fingers?

Perhaps a word companion from the well-known thief, but whose meaning is logical to me.


Word of the Week No. 85:INSIDIOUS

Not just clean, but pure. Not just cunning, but insidious.

Cunning has something positive, something bold. Insidious is a completely different caliber, which is lousy. As Böll said in the Feuerzangenbowle: "Bah, what a nasty character you have!" [I know that because I played that in sixth grade in the theater group].

But why is the "behind" in front of it so degrading?

The word comes from Middle High German: hinderlistec = following

Wow, the Duden offers "Mephistophelian" as a synonym.

That definitely goes into my vocabulary - unfortunately I have to do very rarely with such people ... will probably watch the Feuerzangenbowle again ...


Word of the Week No. 84: MR GINGING ASSOCIATION

Oh dear choir!

I couldn't even begin to guess where this saying came from ... so I don't even try hypotheses.

But while I'm still researching my head rattles:

"Herr" is singular - that is, one person, an association, on the other hand, has at least 7 people (according to § 56 BGB), that doesn't really fit.

And why a choir at all, isn't that called a choir?

And surprisingly, I can't find a proper explanation of how this phrase came about. Holly cow!


Word of the Week No. 83: DONKEY EAR

Why does the poor gray beast have to serve when people are messing around (was also the word of the week) with print products? Why is it not called rabbit ears, they have much more archetypal kink ears? Interestingly, in England, donkey ears are referred to as dog-ears.

By the way, I'm also a "knicker", which is why a friend (former bookseller) is reluctant to lend me her readings, because she gets a racing heart and an unhealthy complexion every time you indulge in this hobby.

PS: A donkey's ear is also a reddish, pink or orange edible tubular mushroom with a short-stalked fruiting body that is drawn out on one side like an ear.


Word of the Week No. 82:CLOSURE

Another riddle word: "Wet" is logical, but what is the "Klitsch" in front of it?

Soaking wet for me means that you are not just a little wet, in patches or only on the surface (after a drizzle), but that you are completely soaked. So great that a puddle forms under you when you stop.

The following synonyms are offered to me:

Soaking wet, soaking wet, soaking wet, soaking wet, soaking wet.

The Swiss also have a great word for it: soaking wet

The declaration of origin from wiktionary (I can't find anything else) doesn't make sense to me:

of clap (clap with a light tone).

Who knows more?


Word of the Week No. 81: PLENK

Does anyone know Astrid Lindgren's "Pippi finds a spunk?"

Spunk is a made-up word for which a content / meaning has to be found.

When I heard "Plenk" I thought things were similar. In fact, the word has been around since 1988.

Plenk (from the English blank for "(the) space") refers to a typographically incorrectly placed space before a punctuation mark or word mark.

example: It turns out differently when you think.

Unfortunately, the word is not (yet) listed in the Duden, the Tu word "plenken" is also missing there. (Dear Duden team, that was a wink with the fence post!).

Interestingly, I found the »Plenk-Verlag« online - and it doesn't look as if they gave themselves the name out of joke ...


Word of the week number 80:SEVEN THINGS

The word has been on my list for a long time, and since the three ??? Having now solved "The Riddle of the Seven", I take this as an opportunity to take care of "The Riddle of the Seven Things".

Is the solution as simple as my spontaneous flash of inspiration thinks me to be?

"If you want to bake good cake, you have to have seven things ..."

[this song is sung to a pentatonic melody by the way!]

So are the essentials, so to speak, the most important, the necessary?

The Duden conceals its origin from me. The more I search, the more vague presumptions of origin there are - seven as a mystical number, seven days a week, even parts of a knight's armor are referred to ... so the explanation with the cake song is my favorite.


Word of the week number 79:PERPLEXED

One is amazed, angry, tired, pale

- why is one then amazed and not


Astonished comes from "being amazed", angry from "being angry" (should then actually mean "angry"), exhausted from "being dull", but where does astonishment come from?

Stunned comes from Low German - Middle Low German bluffing ahead = to frighten, to surprise

As a synonym for "astonish", the Duden names among other things. »Taking someone's shoes off« - the German language is always a pleasure

The question remains: why didn't you "fall in love" ???


Word of the week No. 78:MY GOD

Before I write some texts, I like to research Duden.de ... or Schutzstation-wattenmeer.de - see below; )

This time I would like to indulge myself with my own speculations and hypotheses.

Basic goods must be someone who has a certain basic amount of goodness. It's just funny that you only call out the name in tricky (see below) situations, more like "OhGottohGott!".

Is it the case that God is the benevolent? Then why this word detour?

Now the time has come, I'll do some research.

Hard to believe, "Grundgütiger" does not yield a hit in Duden - ...do you mean good guys? ...


Importance: very kind, good at heart

Example: She is a very kind woman


Word of the Week No. 77:RULE OF FIST

Two things come to mind spontaneously: 1. Bud Spencer films and 2. The Donkey Bridge, as you can remember whether a month has 30 (or less) or 31 days (you know, with bones it's 31!) .

The origin of the name is unfortunately not clear, so I now suspect: Either the problem is so simple that five fingers are enough to calculate or you get one on the pear !!


Word of the Week No. 76:SAUSAGE SHOP

What in the name of three devils is the woman photographing?

Five pairs of eyes stare at me in amazement - three women and two men around fifty

are unsure of the situation.

I definitely photograph a subject that is

NOT in your photo repertoire.

And so far, my word repertoire has definitely NOT included this word: »sausage shop«.

Sounds like you can choose your mortadella in various colors, sizes and designs (what is that anyway? We'll get to the bottom of it soon ...) ...

Not only that is questionable, but also this bad conglomerate of English and German.


Word of the Week No. 75:COFFEE WATER

Sometimes I read or hear a word that I have known for a long time and still cannot classify it or my brain spontaneously gives it a new meaning.

The other day I read "Kaffeewasser" and I was immediately wondering what kind of a mess that was supposed to be, who drinks that? (Plürre or Plörre, as you like. Plörre can be found below).

And only much later did I grasp the actual meaning, which I knew well: Water that was put on to make coffee

There is also tea water, potato water, pasta water ... only I have never heard of rice water !?

Side note: shouldn't the phrase "making coffee" retire?

As half a coffee connoisseur, I know that coffee should only be brewed with 98 ° C warm water.

So please: From now on, use "Brew coffee" or "Prepare coffee", please. Thanks.


Word of the Week No. 74:DARK

I already had an inkling that the word had something to do with fire = fire.

In fact, according to Duden, it has two meanings, although I have never heard the first meaning.

1. (obsolete) burned, after fire [smelling]

2. (colloquial) questionable, dangerous

Unfortunately, I cannot find out whether the second meaning was derived from the first (= it is dangerous because it smells like fire).

Of course, there are still forms of increase in the German language, which in this case are:

"Trickier" and in the superlative "most tricky", but that probably only exists in theory.


Word of the Week No. 73:STÖRENFRIED

If you take a closer look at the word, it doesn't make any sense.

"To disturb" and "to be peaceful" tend to contradict each other - or should "Fried" be a name?

That would mean, theoretically it could also be: Troublemaker ...? So, before it gets too philosophical, the Duden will help me:

Sentence word, actually = (I) disturb the peace (s)

I found a great key fob in the worldwide network that I actually have to order immediately: Troublemaker!


Word of the week number 72:HAHA

My brother brought me this great word from his vacation in Scotland.

He grinned like a schoolboy when he asked me, "Do you know what a ha-ha is?"

Of course, I thought he was kidding me when he explained like this (or something like that):

So, if at that time a lord of the castle had a meadow and didn't want sheep, deer or tourists to come to his property, but he didn't want to see a wall either, he built a Ha-Ha (probably had it built ...).

To do this, a depression was first dug and a wall was built into it. So the lord of the castle had an unobstructed view of the landscape and still nobody could get onto the property!

And when someone came who wanted to see the castle, he would first go closer (you can't see a Ha-Ha from a distance) and then, when he saw the wall, call out: "Ha-Ha!"

By the way, there is a one-sided and a two-sided Ha-Ha! (see below).


Word of the Week No. 71:CHECK OUT

Another word that has wonderful synonym, such as "get in armor" or "puff yourself up" or "perform a dance".

Incidentally, there is a separation and not e-chauffeuring as I would have thought. Just in case someone cares ...



I found out that the said gentleman lives in Rosenheim, as the Süddeutsche headlined: Commissioner Zufall sums up the »rose murderer«


Word of the Week No. 69: INK CLOUD

In Judith Schalanky's novel "The Giraffe's Neck", pupils of the art teacher hated by the protagonist carry "Tuscheplörre" across the school corridor.

Dirty gray leftover from a painting lesson.

Even as a child I was frustrated by the effort that had to be put into the pelican paint box to at least something Get paint on the brush.

What a feeling of happiness when I tried out my first Schmincke colors much later (during my studies).


Word of the week number 68: STORM

Talking about the weather is already a running joke in small conversations.

And what about storms? What is that supposed to be - a weather that isn't? Anti-weather?

Is sunshine "rain" or "fog"?

Please send pertinent information to [email protected]!


Word of the Week No. 67: JUST LIKE THAT

In Duden, [u. a.]:

"... emerged as an ellipse from two sentences lined up in a row: [it hurts] m. Nothing, [it hurts] nothing ..."

"As an ellipse ..."

That's the great thing here, you research something beautiful and find something even more beautiful:)

The truth is, of course, "mirnichsirn nothing" is separated into four word units, but I think it's more grandiose as a conglomerate.

I can faintly remember that Otto satirized English very often back then, including:

"I make me me-nothing you-nothing out of the dust! «!


Word of the Week No. 66:CHANDLER

A common synonym in Germany for small traders or corner shops.

Who does not know Mr. Oleson [yes, it is written that way] from "Our Little Farm" or Mr. Hobbs from "The Little Lord" [who is dubbed a general store there, however].

As a child I would have loved to sit on a sack of beans or grain and nibble on a ginger biscuit - in a shop that sells EVERYTHING [a little whispered].

Nowadays you go to the supermarket and have to choose between 50 types of jam - if you can even get there when you are 50!


Word of the Week No. 65:CRIMINAL ENERGY

There is solar energy, wind power ... and criminal energy :)

I imagine how someone locks members of the Cosa Nostra and the Russian Mafia or Yakuza in a room and - however - converts the resulting tensions into electricity. But then there can be no more talk of "clean energy" ...

I find it interesting - but hardly surprising - that the fourth post on Google is about Silvio Berlusconi.


Word of the week number 64: REPEATED UNNECESSARILY

Totally crazy: according to Duden, mocked means: double!

So twice twice!

So fourfold !!!!

If you research "double mocking", you will quickly come across the term



1. The same expression is combined with an identical or synonymous expression

said again

2. the same expression is used twice

... see also »secretly« below!


Word of the week number 63:CLEAR SHIP

According to the Duden, it means "ready for action" and comes from

Sailor's language. [Oh ...?]

Only after more intensive research do I find the phrase "clear the ship" under "ship"


1. Sailor's language; clean up the ship

2. colloquial; clear up a matter

3. colloquial; tidy up thoroughly, clean up.

I think it's a wonderful, powerful expression that sounds much more positive than "cleaning up".

... even or especially if you don't live by / on the sea:)


Word of the week No. 62: LUPFEN

Middle High German, origin unclear, maybe in the sense of "lift up in the air"

related to air [Duden]

And now everyone is careful: there is also »the Lupfer«!

[Meaning: Shot in which the ball is shot in a gentle arc over an opponent ... also Duden:)]

In fact, the first picture I had in mind was someone lifting a ball with their foot.

In theory, could one also say: "I'll pick you a piece of cake from the cake stand"? Or: "Should I check your oil level?" - "Gladly, I'll just lift the hood!"

Sounds kind of weird, although the synonyms would fit nicely:

[to] lift, lift up, lift up.

"Lupfen" is probably more related to the football context, as the meaning of the noun suggests.

ps: »Der Lupfen« (also Hohenlupfen) is at 976.6 meters above sea level the highest mountain in the Baar (plateau in southwest Germany).

... funny: "hoch-lupfen" is double-muttered again, right?


Word of the week No. 61:BUDENZAUBER

Organizing booth magic, for me that means someone makes "a lot of ado about nothing, loud nonsense, intense hallodri" - far from it!

According to Duden, Budenzauber has these meanings:

1. An exuberant party that someone celebrates in their room or apartment

2. The dreamlike, unreal effect caused by lighting and appropriate decoration, which the stalls produce at a Christmas or fair

Ah, but there - at the bottom - I still discover:

... in a figurative sense: the union should return to the negotiating table and not do booth magic for weeks.

Then I wasn't completely wrong:)


Word of the week number 60:DESK FREEER

A dream comes true: I discovered a product with the wonderful name of »desk liberator« at an office supplies supplier. A superhero with a billowing cloak appears in my mind's eye, who - underlaid with dramatic music - creates order on my desk.

Where can i order? How often does he come? Does he organize my things alphabetically or chronologically? The tired realization: A desk liberator is a mundane additional shelf, sigh ...

And then also the color: light gray ... sounds more like a non-color.


Word of the week number 59: ENTERTAINMENT SHOP

Recently, on the way to work, I noticed a banner on the street, an advertisement for the fair. There was a special reference to "amusement shops" - unfortunately there was no further explanation and the traffic light turned green and I had to drive on.

Amusement deals, that sounded very professional, but also a bit hardy.

I remembered Tim Taler - the boy who sold his laugh.

A little research shows that an amusement shop is actually nothing more than a "fair booth". The English translation is actually "amusing business".


Word of the week number 58: EVILER

Possible synonyms could perhaps be: "bastards", "pranksters", "mischief-makers", "bad guys" ... [I just made up my mind].

I find the word "murder burner" to be an official synonym. I've never heard or read that before.

Short-term search results:

someone who starts a fire and doesn't care about human life [Duden].

I'd rather stay with the fool's cause ... uh ... "culprit"!


Word of the week number 57: COLORFUL

Colorful is simple, but what does "colorful" mean?

My assumption that it is of Swedish origin turns out to be wrong.

It comes from early New High Germancontrabund = polyphonic, to.

There is even an increase in motley: motley.

To pronounce famos and even funnier the idea that something could be more colorful than motley.

By the way, Pippi's house is called in the originalVilla Villekulla.


Word of the week number 56:SMALL CHECK

According to Duden, the word "comes after comparing a petty person with the line pattern on graph paper".

In other circumstances it might have been "English" ...?

In my very first lesson, when I was supposed to / was allowed to write in my very first exercise book, our teacher described in which boxes we should start writing: from the top left corner three boxes to the right and then three boxes down.

I may have had the first contact with small-mindedness - and in a double sense!


Word of the week number 55: COMPETENCE CENTER

A friend told me the other day that she worked in the competence center.

I was a little jealous then.

Because - anyone who works in the competence center must have proven to be extremely competent.

What is the name of the course ...?


Word of the week No. 54:TO COLLAPSE

The other day I saw a whore child - and what a whore.

I read a story to my son in which a child was raging on his bed and then the bed broke ... I have already said "apart", although the last word was only on the next page and I haven't read it yet, but had foreseen.

But - the bed didn't break apart, rather together ...!?!

Potzblitz, how can two opposite words mean the same thing?

I have to admit, I always had a little bit about the "typographical sins" beforehand. Shoemaker boy and Whore child chuckled, because I haven't found either really bad so far. But now ... : )


Word of the Week No. 53: BASE ICE

Meaning: Ice that forms on the bottom of inland waters

At »woher-stammt.de« I find out how the well-known saying comes about:

The phrase refers to the breaking away of the ground ice after the frost period. This breaking out happens with considerable noise and is compared to the stomach noises that accompany fear and cowardice in diarrhea.

Unfortunately, the type of formulation does not make sense to me.


Word of the week No. 52: MOLLE

For me it used to be not "off to bed", but "off to the Molle". I almost forgot.

Molle For me it was synonymous with security, protection, warmth and not simply a synonym for "sleeping place".

Molle has different meanings:

1. Berlin: glass of beer

2. Saxon: bed

3. North German: Trough, baking trough

I also like the simultaneous meaning no. 3: »Mulde, baking trough«.

A word that will definitely find its way back into my vocabulary!


Word of the week number 51: ROBBERS

Do you practice this type of climbing if the ladder has been robbed?

Or is it really reserved for robbers who - so that they don't attract attention - don't drag a normal ladder around with them?

It's also a bit of a mess to touch someone else's shoes or even feet (!) With both hands, for example, the apples you have got from the neighbor's apple tree taste only half as good.


Word of the week No. 50: SYMPATHIZER

If I try to analyze the word objectively, I would first suspect that it comes from "sympathetic". But nobody would dub his friends or acquaintances as sympathizers.

My research shows that it is derived from "sympathize" and only appears in connection with [extreme] political or social groups, the RAF is mentioned directly as an example!


Word of the week number 49: SPRAY

I actually only know this word from home, from my childhood.

When it's gossiping, it's raining heavily - so that you don't want to go outside [with some other rain I would very well go outside].

According to the Duden, the word comesfrom Low German, probably actually = (with mortar) to spray [cf. Dutch pleisteren = plastering], ultimately to Middle Latin (em) plastrum, plaster

Isn't that nice? ..."Probably actually", apparently nobody wanted to commit themselves here!


Word of the week number 48:SCHINDLUDER

With someone to do something flimsy

In the case of translated novels, I often ask myself what some of the sentences were in the original. How can one translate "fraudulent" into other languages? I could hardly find any other way of expression in German.

In the Duden dictionary, "doing a mess" is explained as "treating someone / something badly". I would have said that being a mess is more like doing mischief.

The phrase comes from Low German, actually = dead animal that is battered [= covered]. But where did the addition "bitch" come from?


Word of the week number 47: ERBOST

So not angry but just "angry". Quasi just now and not to be seen as a permanent condition, but only as a temporary phenomenon.

I have often heard parents say: "I'm going to get angry!" But has anyone ever said: "I'll be angry in a moment" ?? Doesn't sound too serious then somehow. I'll give it a try.


Word of the Week No. 46: KARG

Middle High German karc, Old High German karag

Even the small number of letters that one was willing to donate for this word indicates the meaning: not lush / plentiful, very unadorned, without external effort.

I can literally hear my class teacher at the time, who would insist on pronouncing the "r" clearly. One almost didn't even allow the word to have its "r".


Word of the week No. 45:WINDSHIP

Oh how nice. Just the idea that the wind is blowing ahead or tired, exhausted from the stressful day.

A friend once told me that he was on a lake in a small sailboat and then "the wind fell asleep" and he had to row back. I was quite delighted with this idiom, which I had never heard of before, it was rather incomprehensible.


Word of the week # 44: LENSES

I don't mean THE lentils [herbaceous vegetable], but THE lentils =look furtively; peek, Incidentally, according to the Duden, a weak verb.

Can adults use lenses? I imagine a little boy with a twin who is peeking out of his hiding place [maybe a tree house?] To see what he can aim at without being recognized or whether he has wreaked havoc after the act he started [and has hopefully not been discovered ...] .


Word of the week No. 43:FLIGHT

A synonym for "quickly, immediately, immediately" that is unfortunately far too seldom used.


Word of the week No. 42:FRESHWATER

As a child, like everyone else, I succumbed to the mistake that fresh water is also sweet. I was very disappointed when I found out that one is just "not salty."

But why then, salt water and fresh water? Why not salt water and neutral water? Or fresh water and salty water?

By the way, there are still Drinking water and Fresh water. If you want to learn more about it, you should visit the specialist area Limnology announce. Bottom up!


Word of the Week No. 41:SKI FLYING

At some point in the car I learned from the radio that someone had won a prize that was wrong and I was very confused. Was it about April 1st today? Or what was this strange message about? Should it be the same joke as the award in an air guitar competition? I imagined what a "crooked" competition could look like. Then - very late - I realized my interrogator and then found it almost a bit of a shame.


Word of the week No. 40:ANGRY (WITH "T")

“Emma was angry. Angry! With t! "

Anyone who has seen "Emma's Happiness" as a film should treat themselves to the pleasure of listening to the audio book. It is read by the author, which is not always for the benefit of a story, but definitely for this story.

Emma is angry (with "t"), among other things, because Max has repaired her moped. I won't reveal here why this is so bad ...!

In any case, this word creation should be included in the Duden for special occasions.


Word of the week No. 39: LIGHTLOH

From older li (e) hter Lohe = with a bright flame

Burning with bright, leaping flames [Duden]

... what are striking flames? I think it's nice that this adjective only exists in connection with "burn". Before doing my research, I would have "blazed" as strong or burning indelibly defined, and that it can only burn brightly in the dark, never in the light.


Word of the week No. 38:THICKET

obsolete thick, derived from thick

A thick forest, or a thick spot in a forest that is heavily overgrown with undergrowth. [Source: Economic Encyclopedia]

We already had the undergrowth, thicket is another wonderful word for the forest.

A thicket is dense and impenetrable and you can hide in it, so on the one hand it is scary and on the other hand protective.

Thicket is a word that, to the best of my knowledge, I have never used it myself, and I am probably too seldom out in the woods. So far, however, I've never had to hide from anyone in the thicket - all dragons, bad wolves and robbers Hotzenplotz are extinct ...


Word of the week No. 37:CARE

from »ob« = [raised obsolete] because of, overand "eight"

[actually = Eight over something]

Great alternative to: Caution!

Doesn't sound as bad as an "adult reprimand", but more like "watch out!" By the way, will Ob | eight separated, I would have separated spontaneously after the "O".


Word of the week No. 36:SMALL VOLUME

What a wonderful, wonderful combination of adjectives!

And so "meaningful" in one word, you know immediately that someone who says something "subdued" must have sounded completely different beforehand.

Thanks to Duden, I now not only know that there is a superlative of “meek” [“most meek” - interesting, when do you need it?] But also that there is a landscape synonym there is something I have never heard before: »depressed«.

Now I am full of anticipation to use this word in the near future - but what could a possible sentence be ...?

Further Duden research shows:to drape the landscape = to drizzle; get wet, actually = (surprised by the rain and) drenched.

I don't even know why Mark Twain always complained about the German language!


Word of the week No. 35:MESOZOIC

Yes, I had to see how the word is spelled [I was correct by the way].

Yes, I couldn't have answered if someone had asked me what it meant.

Mesozoic Era - even saying it is fun, do you have to know what it means?

Here is a short summary, in case you answered the last question with "YES!":

The Mesozoic is a geological age that began about 251 million years ago and about

Ended 65.5 million years ago. It is divided into Triassic, Jurassic and Chalk, whereby we distinguish the Upper Cretaceous from the Lower Cretaceous!


Word of the week No. 34:REIBEKUCHEN

Why is "potato fritters" not actually called "pancakes"? Or why isn't it called "Potato (pan) cake"? Anyway, I'm happy - "potato pancakes" is a nice word, it reminds me a little of "cleaning up" (a little below).

My grandma made potato pancakes, my mother made potato pancakes, only I am a little shy.

Because the whole apartment smells afterwards?

Because you get arm pain from grating potatoes?

Because you stand at the stove yourself all the time and the others eat?

Because afterwards you feel a little uncomfortable because the fat content is not too low?

Because I can't decide between beet cabbage and Lippe liver sausage?

Maybe, someday, I'll dare to try it, right after savoy cabbage stew and cabbage rolls ...


Word of the Week No. 33:DIMPLE

Sitting in the car, I think to myself that "dimple" would be a nice new word of the week and what I could write about it. It is a word with "chen" at the end, so it could be a belittling ("chen" and "lein" make everything small - that's how I learned it in elementary school. By the way, we GIRLS then had to ridicule the boys all day long bear!).

And actually I only now realize: should it be like this, the dimple comes from the pit? I have about two (actually three) small pits in the face???

Yes it is. And with "Knowledge Makes Ah" I also learn that there is a "dimple laughing muscle"!


Word of the week No. 32:FLOOD LINE

engl. cotidal line [geol.]

I am currently listening to the audio book "Die Straße" by Cormac McCarthy, read by Christian Brückner. Great, oppressive, violent. There "the man" and "the boy" go on CD 6 along the flood line. I didn't know this word, but I think it's extremely beautiful.

And then: there is no entry in the Duden ...!? Not even Wikipedia can help me out and instead suggests "Airline"!

UnderSchutzstation-wattenmeer.de I can finally learn that there is even a »middle tide line [MThw line], but I can't find a definition. Next time I'll just have a look at the sea:)


Word of the week No. 31: ZIG

After the extremely long word no.30, now again something compact and short.

"Zig" looks so harmless, but is already difficult to pronounce, or is it just me? Should you actually say "zich", or has it just become commonplace [like "Sempf" instead of "Mustard"]?

According to Duden, it says "Zig" instead of a number that is not exactly known but is considered to be very high and is aindefinite numeral.

Nice: "Highly respected" - aren't doctors also highly respected ???


Word of the week No. 30:BLOWING DOWN

I actually thought that the word only existed as an adjective and only in front of "message" or on its own: "That is devastating".

During my research, I found out that there is also "knock down" as a verb (»Tu-Wort«, dear Steffi), Example: "Knock someone down with one punch".

I've never heard that before. Somehow it sounds like "someone" is splintered into several parts during this act ...


Word of the week No. 29:HANDFULL

According to Duden, a handful can be:

1. Amount that can be held in one hand

2. small number

3. five

Example: Not even a handful of people came.
Interesting to choose just such an example. I'm just wondering how many people I could hold in my hand!
Recherche_2: Clint Eastwood (YEAH!) "For a handful of dollars". I see it as an embarrassing failure not to have seen the film, but "Citizen Kane" is on hold for now.

Word of the week No. 28:HALF LONG

The saying "Now do it halfway" is well known. But can you do it for a long time?
I found out the following: Yes! - provided you are working on a coal-fired steam boiler. If you go that long, that is, cover the entire "route" with coal, the boiler will deliver maximum output.

Word of the week No. 27:TIP VISIT

Unfortunately, I couldn't find out where the word came from. Visiting is clear, you also know it as a non-Latin, right? [Visitare = to visit]. But what does the "tip" do in front of it?

Neither the Duden nor Wikipedia can help me.

Maybe from »Stippen« = briefly immerse yourself?

What a nice thought to briefly "dive into" someone else's world.


Word of the week No. 26:AT ALL

And by that I don't mean the word that is used to describe the condition of food, but the first part of z. B. "Nothing at all". I asked myself whether this word also existed as a soloist, without "nothing".
Lo and behold, there is the word "Gar" as a particle, adverb and adjective!
Meaning: In general, very.
As a particle, it has, among other things, a reinforcing effect on assumptions
Example:Surely he didn't steal it?

Word of the week No. 25:TROUSERS

= The part of the pants that covers the buttocks[from: thefreedictionary.com]

Interesting to find the explanation on an "English" page. How could the word be in English?


Word of the week No. 24:ASO

As a short form of »Oh so«. I only realized that I myself always say "Aso" instead of "Oh so" when I read the word. Or rather not read, but seen and thought: "What kind of word is that"? And then, at articulate in the headcame the "A..so !!"

As a child, I always enjoyed watching "Knoff-Hoff" and never thought about the title of the show. Years later, when I scanned a text that contained the word "know-how", it dawned on me.


Word of the week No. 23:VARNISH

denotes a clear or colorless protective coating, e.g. B. for paintings.

Here is this incredibly imaginative puzzle picture.

Image source: spielwiki.de


Word of the week No. 22:UNDERWOOD

I had a clue what the word meant, but it was more of a category of "dangerous half-knowledge". Lo and behold, the research showed that there is not only undergrowth but also overwood!

Undergrowth is the term used to describe low-growing wood [under the tops of older trees].


Word of the week No. 21:TAND

According to Duden, it is “worthless stuff”, but at Wikepedia it is “outdated term for a pretty thing that has no value”.

I'm afraid I have never used this word, although I have all sorts of trinkets.


Word of the week # 20:KWATJES [or QUATJES?]

This was the name given to 1/4 guilder coins in the Netherlands when the euro did not yet exist. A practical unit for which - as a child - one was offered something. I have now read that the Dutch have practically abolished 1 and 2 cent coins by rounding up or down prices in the second position after the decimal point to 5 cent values.

As a child I always asked myself why there wasn't such a "crooked" coin in Germany. In any case, I found the name for the little silver coins to be very splendid.

There was also a 2 1/2 guilder piece, by the way, but I don't know if this coin had a special name.


Word of the week # 19:NONSENSE

Particularly effective with the »coarser« intent.

In the Duden, synonyms are:

Allotria, Eulenspiegelei, farce, joke, picaresque prank, foolishness, fez, flax, jokus (Abstract)

So many beautiful words! And what a waste that they all mean the same (similar). I make up my mind to say "What a gross foolishness!" In the future.


Word of the week # 18:KESS

For me, Kess is definitely a girl [not a woman - not a boy or a man at all] who is cheeky and self-confident in a sympathetic way.

Similar is "bold", but not so good.


Word of the week number 17:CORDRACKS

"Almost like new, as rarely used". This could be the item description on ebay if the word could be sold.

Importance: in a direct way and without bothering with anything

Origin: from Middle High Germanstrac = straight, this in turn is a deverbative of stretchstraight away actually means »dead straight«.

PS: “Go to jail. Go right there. Don't go over and don't collect 4,000 marks. "

So many words, "straight away" would have been enough!


Word of the week # 16: PERMAFROST

Without explanation. I just think it's beautiful.


Word of the week # 15:LIGHTER

Taken apart = fire + stuff.

Fire, ok - makes sense. But "stuff"? Why is it not called fire thing (sbums) or fire stick, fire generator, fire device, fire maker, fire part ...?

PS: According to my Typo-Prof, »makes sense« comes from English - »that makes sense« - and in German should actually mean »that has a sense«. Just on the edge.


Word of the week # 14:YEAR

The friend mentioned below, with whom I often discuss “pronouncing topics”, also pronounces cheese as “cheese” (emphasized “ä”), but I actually say “kese”.

The word of the week No. 14 can only be pronounced with a correct »ä«, otherwise it sounds like »ever« (You remember? I only say "frozen case form" !!, see word of the week number 7).

I find it amazing that a word with only three letters has three "points above the letter". (Is there actually a word for it? Ok, I know "i-point", but are there also "ö-points"?

Or »umlaut dots«? And wdid you know that there is also an "i-umlaut"? But that is going too far ...)

PS: Of course, that with the three points only applies to the lower case word version.


Word of the week No. 13:DUSTER

A synonym for the adjective "dark", but it contains a lot more. In my opinion, it can only be duster outside and only in the evening, not in the morning.

In the dictionary I found:

1. dark and scary

2. so that it does not bode well

However, this definition fits more to "gloomy", doesn't it? What makes two points above a "u" ...


Word of the week No. 12:YTONG

There is a running joke between a friend and me that we pronounce the French word »Gratin«, emphasized in German »Gratäng«. Unfortunately, that doesn't work at Ytong. Maybe we should try the other way around with the French pronunciation ...?

By the way, »Ytong« is derived from the Swedish »Yxhults ånghärdade gasbetong «.

You can find out for yourself what that means!


Word of the week # 11: CLEAN UP

Including vacuuming, wiping and (window) cleaning - a kind of spring cleaning without "spring". Is this word within the family or is it also known "outside"?

"Cleaning up" would be the disdainful, modern synonym.


Word of the week # 10: CLOSELY

This word has been one of my favorite words since I learned in the 7th (?) Grade in Latin class that "clam" is the Latin word for "secretly". Klammheimlich means "secretly secretly". How incredibly wonderful!


Word of the week # 9:ALL IN ALL

An expression that is actually only used embedded in dashes and pronounced a tone lower in literal speech.


Word of the week # 8: SIPPING

... because when you say it, it becomes clear what meaning the word has!


Word of the week # 7: EVER

[Product xy has always been made without preservatives]

In the Duden it says:

since / always

Meaning: "as long as memory goes back"

Origin: »from» ever «and» her «

So it is relevant how old the person is who uses the term "always", because memories go back differently for people of different ages!

PS: "ever" goes back to one solidified case form of a Germanic noun meaning "time, lifetime, age"! [DUDEN]


I think I already know the word of the week number 8 !!!!!!


Word of the week # 6: VERMALEDEIT

Unfortunately, this word is used very rarely now, although it is so great. Much nicer than fluff ... or damned ...

Verflixt is also very beautiful, but Vermaledeit has so many syllables that you - if you are in the right situation - can be stressed individually to underline the meaning!


Word of the week # 5: BUILDER

Unfortunately I don't know what it means. My son says that every now and then and it has different meanings: construction worker, Klabauter, Tatütata, garden fence.

How extremely practical!


Word of the week No. 4_2:BITTER COLD

Actually even nicer than bitterly cold, because it also has a negative leading adjective - almost as if cold also causes a bad taste!


Word of the week # 4:CLIMBING COLD

A special kind of cold. A cold that makes noises ...? I remember this sound when I used to skate on the frozen lake and it creaked so eerily.


Word of the week # 3: RED-BELLY FLYCATTER

By imitating this bird's call, The Three are warning each other ??? each other from dangers, so z. B. in the episode "Deadly Ice".

I imagine how the author of the novel had a lot of fun looking for a funny - but still pronounceable - name in an ornithological encyclopedia and was rewarded with this find. And I try to imagine the self-discipline of the voice actors who have to pronounce that name without bursting out laughing every time.

For my part, I have to laugh every time I hear:

“Well, Mr. Woodland, the gold rush seems to have gone to your head too. Otherwise they would have guessed right away that Bob's call of the red-bellied flycatcher is a songbird that is by no means native to Alaska! "

By the way, this is what a red-bellied flycatcher looks like:

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