Untranslatable German Words: Nagelmond Posted by Constanze on Sep 10, 2015 in Language
Guten Tag! Welcome to another edition of German untranslatable words, dedicated to teaching you quirky German words, their meanings, and how to use them!
Today the word is der Nagelmond.
What does Nagelmond literally translate to? The German compound noun Nagelmond is made up of the words der Nagel (nail) + der Mond (moon). It therefore literally translates to ‘nail moon’.
What does Nagelmond mean? This is a beautiful word because it gives a rather poetic name to a body part you’ve probably never even noticed before. A Nagelmond is the whitish part at the base of your nail, where your cuticle is. It is called a ‘nail moon’ because of its moon-like shape. Although you might never have noticed before, when you look closely you’ll see your Nagelmond really does look like the top of a moon poking its head out from your cuticle!
How would you use Nagelmond in a sentence?
Ich habe keine Nagelmonde – bin ich krank??
I don’t have any nail moons – am I ill??
What is the nearest English equivalent to Nagelmond?
There is actually an English translation for Nagelmond – although I’d never heard of it until now, and I have never heard it used anywhere before! This little moon-shaped part of your nail cuticle is called the lunula in English. What does lunula mean? It means ‘little moon’ in Latin. So there is a connection, after all!
Who says German can’t be pretty? I think this word is lovely! What do you think of it? 🙂
Nail – der Nagel
Cuticle – die Nagelhaut
Skin – die Haut
Hangnail – der Niednagel
Hand – die Hand
Finger – der Finger
Manicure – die Maniküre
Pedicure – die Pediküre
Nail polish – der Nagellack
Plaster – das Pflaster
If you liked this post, then be sure to check out some other ‘untranslatable German words’ here on the blog. Here are a few to get you started: die Schnapsidee, der Kulturbeutel, die Gemütlichkeit, die Nervensäge, der Kaffeeklatsch.
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