Here’s the second part of ’16 English words that are actually German’! Click here for the first 8 words.
Literal translation & German meaning: Double walker, or someone who looks identical to you
Meaning in English: Someone who looks exactly the same as you but is not related to you
Use in a sentence: I saw your doppelgänger in the street yesterday!
Extra fact: Like über becoming uber in English, doppelgänger becomes doppelganger in English due to the lack of umlauts in the English language
Literal translation & German meaning: Of Frankfurt (the German city), referring to a type of hot dog sausage
Meaning in English: A thin, long hot dog sausage
Use in a sentence: I need to get some buns for our frankfurters
Extra fact: This sausage is called a Frankfurter because it was created in Frankfurt!
Literal translation & German meaning: Football
Meaning in English: A table football game played mostly in pubs
Use in a sentence: Fancy a game of fussball?
Extra fact: In Germany, table football has an English name: Kicker.
Literal translation & German meaning: Noisy spirit (from poltern: to make noise, and Geist: spirit/ghost)
Meaning in English: Type of ghost, specifically one who moves and throws things
Use in a sentence: We think we’ve got a poltergeist in our house.
Literal translation & German meaning: Neander valley (Thal = valley), primitive human species
Meaning in English: Primitive human species. It’s also used as an insult to describe a man who appears not to have evolved properly.
Use in a sentence: Look at Becky and her neanderthal of a boyfriend over there!
Extra fact: The Neander valley (Neanderthal) is a place in Germany. This is where the first remains of what we now know as the human neanderthal were found.
Literal translation & German meaning: Storehouse. Short for Lagerbier – storehouse beer.
Meaning in English: Type of beer
Use in a sentence: I’ll have a lager, please.
Extra fact: This word came to mean beer in English because it refers to a type of beer that is kept in a special storehouse for aging.
Literal translation & German meaning: Wander desire (from wandern – to hike/trek, and Lust – desire/enthusiasm). In German use, the meaning of Wanderlust is quite true to its literal translation.
Meaning in English: A feeling that you’d like to travel and see new places
Use in a sentence: I’ve got real wanderlust after looking at your holiday pictures!
Literal translation & German meaning: Delicate food/delicate eating, meaning fine foods
English meaning: Place to shop for fine foods (often shortened to deli)
Use in a sentence: I’ll get some meat from the deli
Extra fact: The word delicatessen has an anglicised spelling. In German it is spelt Delikatessen. The German word Delikatessen is also a loanword from the French délicatesse.
Did any of these words surprise you? How often do you use these words, or see them used in English?
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