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If you take a fig newton and throw it, you get Far-Fig-Newton, which I guess means Driving Experience in German.

 

Schadenfreude is also a great word. How do Germans come up with such great words?

 

Can some enlightened soul share some more of these German gems with me?

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schweinhund - pigdog

 

The only German I ever learned from my father. He uses it to refer to Nazis.

 

I also happen to know these:

 

Weltanschauung - a comprehensive philosophy of the world or of human life; "world-view"

 

Weltschmerz - sadness over the evils of the world, especially as an expression of romantic pessimism

 

Zeitgeist - the taste and outlook characteristic of a period or generation; literally "the spirit of the time".

 

Zugzwang - A situation in every possible action results in a disadvantage (from chess).

 

 

 

One Ive heard, but havent been able to verify as a real word, rather than a made up approximation:

 

Scheissenbedauern - The disappointment one feels when exposed to something that is not nearly as bad as one hoped it would be; literally "s*** regret".

And I find it kind of funny

I find it kind of sad

The dreams in which I'm dying

Are the best I've ever had

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Schadenfreude is also a great word.  How do Germans come up with such great words?

 

 

Schaden = damage

Freude = joy, pleasure

 

Schadenfreude = pleasure derived from seeing others in suffering or trouble

 

Pretty inventively, huh?  :p

 

Refer to first post.

And I find it kind of funny

I find it kind of sad

The dreams in which I'm dying

Are the best I've ever had

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schweinhund - pigdog

Schweinehund, not "schweinhund".

 

 

Scheissenbedauern - The disappointment one feels when exposed to something that is not nearly as bad as one hoped it would be; literally "s*** regret".

Scheissenbedauern isn't a word. "Bedauern", yes, but both attached do not make any sense. Just taking "Sh!t regret" and then transfer that 1:1 to German doesn't work (always). :p

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I agree that the Germans have some very cool words. But the language is incredibly precise. It makes it very good for nitpicking philosophy and science.

 

I have yet to find any German who understands, let alone has a word for 'fluffy'. Austrians seem to get it though.

 

I love the original language version of 'The Longest Day', for its prolonged bouts of German shouting. Particularly the guy playing 'Pips' Priller. I'm not 100% on everything he says, but it sounds fantastic.

"It wasn't lies. It was just... bull****"."

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schweinhund - pigdog

Schweinehund, not "schweinhund".

 

 

Scheissenbedauern - The disappointment one feels when exposed to something that is not nearly as bad as one hoped it would be; literally "s*** regret".

Scheissenbedauern isn't a word. "Bedauern", yes, but both attached do not make any sense. Just taking "Sh!t regret" and then transfer that 1:1 to German doesn't work (always). :lol:

 

First, unlike you, I am not a native German speaker so excuse the slight spelling error.

 

Also as for scheissenbedauern, I had this to say: One Ive heard, but havent been able to verify as a real word, rather than a made up approximation.

And I find it kind of funny

I find it kind of sad

The dreams in which I'm dying

Are the best I've ever had

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Schadenfreude = pleasure derived from seeing others in suffering or trouble

 

 

We have that too, its called "Skadegl

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My German teacher at school pointed out the utter precision that can be undertaken with the language, too. He told us how it was perfectly acceptable to write a sentence that went for several A4 pages. (The closest I've come to such a thing in English is Tom Jones, by Henry Fielding.)

 

As for how they do it, AFAIK they just trasncribe a concept from thought to paper, just as Morgoth noted, above.

 

English borrows more heavily from the classical roots (Ancient Greek and Latin), with less than a tenth of vocabulary coming from Germanic languages. (Trivia: PKD was noted for using the reverse ratio of German : Classics in his novels.)

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Most of my German comes from war Movies, and the Close Combat games. However, I do know how to suggest that in an emergency we can eat the lieutenant.

"It wasn't lies. It was just... bull****"."

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Schadenfreude = pleasure derived from seeing others in suffering or trouble

 

We have that too, its called "Skadegl

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I don't know if we have any word sin the South for cool stuff. I can only think of stuff from the Noprtheast, like radgie-gadgie. Which is the desire to have a fight.

"It wasn't lies. It was just... bull****"."

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Isn't the German for town hall 'rathaus' or something like that?

 

Very apt for our local politicians.  :shifty:

 

Yep -I asked my wife what the hell that "RatHouse" building was when I first came to Germany, and when she told me, I thought "perfect".

 

My favourite is:

 

"Arbeitslosengeld"

 

Arbeit = Work

 

Losen = Loss

 

Geld = Money

 

In English one short word "dole", in German they literally construct the word from base words - "wordworms" they call it.

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In English that is called a portmanteau, I think. Like in Lewis Carroll.

"It wasn't lies. It was just... bull****"."

             -Elwood Blues

 

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