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10 funny German words and their meanings

Although many German learners share a kind of love-hate relationship with this language, we promise: The following ten words are guaranteed to make you fall in love with the German language. It's best to learn them right away and you'll be dying to use these terms yourself soon!

Funny German words

Although you probably already know numerous words and terms that have found their way from German into English, such as "Schadenfreude" or "Zeitgeist", you will certainly be delighted when you see that this wonderful language is even more relevant has to offer.

1. End of work

If you ever work in Germany, don't be surprised if your colleagues wish you a “nice evening” as soon as your working day ends. Contrary to the meaning that is supposed to be behind the word “celebration” - a party - your colleagues do not hope that you will end your evening in a local beer garden.

Even if that may disappoint you, they just wish you a good evening. This term is used to describe the few hours after the end of your work, regardless of whether your end of work actually takes place in the evening or not.

2. Warm shower

Literally translated, “warm showerer” means something like “hot showerer”. In German, however, these two words are used to describe people who do not want to get out of their comfort zone. In English one would use terms like “wimp” or “milksop” to describe such people. Other funny synonyms for warm showerers are for example “Schattenparker” (“shadow parker”) and “Weichei” (“soft egg”).

3. Bad fat

This is a funny German word for an actually sad scenario: Imagine that your girlfriend or boyfriend suddenly broke up. What do you do? Of course, you start scooping ice cream straight out of the box. You may also decide that it takes a few beers to process the drama. Both of these will mean that you will quickly put on some extra pounds.

If you were a German, you would call these kilos “grief bacon”. And even if you haven't been heartbroken, you could still become a victim of the "winter fat". The Germans use this to describe the extra weight that they put on in the long, cold winter months.

4. Hip gold

There's no winter in sight yet and you've escaped the broken heart so far? Then there is still the so-called "hip gold" that could be lurking in the shadows. This is just another word to refer to excess fat in the hip and stomach area. Well, never again claim that the German language is not poetic!

5. Ashamed of others

For example, to combat hip gold, you could go to the gym. There you will find situations in which you are “ashamed of others”. For example, when a self-proclaimed Superman flexes his muscles in front of the mirror, you find it insanely embarrassing, don't you? This feeling of embarrassment for another person is called “Fremdschämen” in German. We are guaranteed to have experienced this at least once!

6. Dodgers

A "bill chipper" is someone who commits bill cheating. You don't understand a word It just means that you go to a bar or restaurant, order food or drinks and consume, but then just go without paying. Of course, you should never do something so outrageous, but at least now you know what to call people who like to avoid paying.

7. Worsening

Yes, even long German words can be fun!

Do you remember certain moments when you tried to improve something and in the end you completely ruined it? Then that was exactly what was getting worse: a striving for improvement that only made everything worse than it was before.

This word is often used by people who express their opinions about the latest update of their favorite smartphone or computer app. You will not believe this? Then just search for the word on Twitter!

8. Mind cinema

Head means “head” in English and cinema stands for “cinema”. You don't know what "head cinema" should mean? Mind cinema is what goes on in your imagination when you think about something in great detail. You then forget the time for a moment and feel like you are watching a movie in your own head!

9. Togetherness

The term “togetherness” is further proof that the German language is romantic and wonderful. You have never heard of "togetherness"? The word describes the self-imposed isolation with which a couple in love distance themselves from the outside world.

The togetherness of the two lovers ensures that they withdraw from their surroundings. The word is derived from the term "loneliness", which means something like "loneliness" in English. But to be honest: togetherness sounds and is so much nicer!

10. Yes and no

One of the biggest stereotypes about German people is that they are very direct and organized. However, when we think about the meaning of the word “yes and no” we can't help but claim that this prejudice must be a little out of date.

As you may have guessed, the word “yes and no” means yes and no at the same time. We are sure that you did not know yet that the Germans are actively working to weaken the black-and-white contrast in our world!

Give the words a try and tell us what your funniest German word is!

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