Wednesday, May 03, 2006

a meme to the nth power and a language lesson

Dixie did this meme a couple of days ago:

Comment and I shall give you a letter. Go back to your site, and write ten words beginning with that letter, including an explanation of what the word means to you and why.

I asked for a letter and got N, BUT, because I am so special, Dixie says I'm supposed to supply ten German words starting with N and tell you their meaning in English.

Here are some of my favourites. German is a fusional language that tends to squash together morphemes to create a different meaning. If one of my N words is made up of two parts, I'll give you the meaning of those as well.

1. Nilpferd
(Nil = Nile + Pferd = horse)
= hippopotamus

2. Nashorn
(Nase = nose + Horn = horn)
= rhinoceros

3. Nudelholz
(Nudel = noodle + Holz = wood)
= rolling pin

4. Nörgler
(nörgeln = to whine or complain)
= someone who likes to complain

5. Neider
(neidish = to be envious)
= people envious of the accomplishments or possessions of others)

6. Naschkatze
(naschen = to nibble + Katze = cat)
= someone who enjoys nibbling or snacking, especially sweets

7. Nichtsnutz
(nichts = nothing + nutzen = to use)
= good-for-nothing, ne'er-do-well

8. nichtsdestotrotz
(nicht(s) = not,nothing + trotz = despite)
= nevertheless

9. Nasenloch
(Nase = nose + Loch = hole)
= nostril

10. Nabelschau
(Nabel = navel + schauen = to look or peer at)
= navel-gazing

If you want to do this one in any variation, just leave a comment.


According to Site Meter, here's a few of the searches I've had in the past few days.

- pictures of German pork chops

- Bavarian costume p*orn (tsk! not on my blog, pal!)

- refrigerator won't fit through door

- law for burying cats in yard

and of course the ever-popular...

- girls stuck in the mud

It's 26°C outside today. Whoo! What am I doing sitting in here? Time to go get a tan!


At May 03, 2006 3:20 p.m., Blogger Claire said...

Now, I have never heard of numbers 8 and 10. Perhaps I should try to work them into a sentence today!

At May 03, 2006 3:51 p.m., Blogger christina said...

Claire - That would be quite the challenge. Let us know if you come up with something good.

At May 03, 2006 4:47 p.m., Blogger Expat Traveler said...

Yeah - it might get to 22C here. Those were great. The searches are so funny... I've had a few funny ones too lately.

At May 03, 2006 4:50 p.m., Blogger Ginnie said...

HA. I especially like #8: nichtsdestotrotz. I'm trying to get it to roll off the tip of my tongue :) How fun to get this German language lesson. Thanks to Dixie who put you up to it!

BTW, I just noticed on my weather links that you and Atlanta are essentially the same temp at 6 hours apart right now. That's "cool!"

At May 03, 2006 6:03 p.m., Blogger Mike B said...

I think I might have come up with Nebescheinwerfer or something like that.

You get better searches than I ... best I had was "cyanide robbers die."

What I really love are the number of hits from government sites, including the County of St. Louis,, and the Secretaria de Comunicaciones y Transportes in Mexico. Your tax dollars at work.

At May 03, 2006 7:05 p.m., Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

LOL! I love German translations, don't you?? Here are my 2 favourites: Hand (hand) schuhe (shoes) = gloves. Zahn (tooth) fleisch (meat) = Gums. Bwahhahahaha!

At May 03, 2006 7:27 p.m., Blogger cncz said...

waaa I wanna letter! But I can only do it in French!

You are bowling me over with your German, and I am jealous, but in a good way.

At May 03, 2006 9:44 p.m., Blogger Alison said...

There's no way I could do 10 words of the same letter in Dutch yet. French yes, Dutch ... not without a lot of help :) It's been warm and spring-like here too, finally. Let summer begin!

At May 03, 2006 9:55 p.m., Blogger christina said...

Expat - It turned out to be such a beautiful day. Yeah, those searches are funny. I keep forgetting to write them down.

ginnie - #8 is really a tongue twister. I don't think people use it that often, but I like it anyway.

Mike - Nebelscheinwerfer is another great one. Your blog must be classified as top secret - I never get any hits from government offices. Guess they aren't interested in pork chops or girls stuck in the mud.

CanadianSwiss - Some of them are so funny. I love how they glue all the little words together and it's always such a literal translation.

cncz - French is good! How about an "L" pour toi? Don't be jealous of the German - after 16 years here it's pretty much second nature. My French, on the other hand, is really, really bad.

Alison - Viva la dictionary. :-) I think I managed to think of those myself though. X or Y would have been really hard.

At May 03, 2006 9:58 p.m., Blogger Dixie said...

Yay! You have done yourself proud! You absolutely lived up to the challenge!

At May 03, 2006 10:18 p.m., Blogger christina said...

Dixie - Well thank you, m'am. :-)

At May 03, 2006 11:10 p.m., Blogger mar said...

That's a fun meme! I like your nr 6 because we aren't :D I would have thought of Niemandsland, that's a piece of land between our (German) neighbors and us, 2 m wide, there should be a stairway for the firemen but the local budget is tight. That's where we find things, see animals, etc!

At May 03, 2006 11:22 p.m., Blogger melusina said...

Wow, 26C in Germany!? It was only 15 today here in Greece. Since when is Germany warmer than Greece???

You will be haunted by girls stuck in mud forever. I still don't get it, though. I mean, I can understand all kinds of porn, but what kind of jerk wants girls to be stuck in the mud? Lol

At May 04, 2006 6:08 p.m., Blogger EuroTrippen said...

Wow, there's really a dedicated term for navel gazing? It's still not as good as 'sitzpinkler' though... that's totally my favorite new word.

At May 04, 2006 11:18 p.m., Blogger christina said...

mar - Niemandsland! I never thought of that one.

melusina - Although our thermometer showed 26, I think it was officially 24, but who's complaining? :-)

Eurotrippen - Sitzpinkler does have a nice ring to it. There's also Stehpinkler. And just wait until you find out what a Linksträger is.

At May 08, 2006 5:26 a.m., Anonymous Franzie said...

Good, you're getting funny words searches there.
I got myself a sitemeter the other day as I read on The Xpat files about very creepy word searches involving small children. Yuk! I hope I get funny ones rather than horrible ones.
And you've probably heard about the officially longest word in the German language (one of those fusional ones): Donaudampfschifffahrtsgesellschaftskapitaen :-)


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