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June 17th 2005's word





DEFINITION: (noun) a subtle difference or quality


EXAMPLE: At first glance, Monet's paintings of water lilies all look much alike, but the more you study them, the more you appreciate the nuances of color and shading that distinguish them.


SYNONYMS: disinction, refinement, tinge




Object of annoyance

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Definition: Flighty, gossiping, or scatterbrained person.


Origin: An english Slang Term, in Yorkshire especially, usually used more towards a woman than a man


Also the name of a Charecter in Anglo-saxon Mythology, Flibbertigibbet, the apprentice to Wayland Smith, Legendery Blacksmith...


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I guess I can explain some German words or expressions, if anybody is interested.


Here something easy for the start:






Two-part-word, consists of "Spiegel" (translation "mirror") and "Ei" (translation "egg").


Translation: Fried egg


So, if someone in the future will ask you for "mirror eggs", you know:


- That he/she wants fried eggs

- That his/her native language is German

- That his/her English is not very good

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DEFINITION: (adjective) overly sweet or sentimental


EXAMPLE: The deathbed scenes in the novels of Dickens are famously cloying: as Oscar Wilde said, 'One would need a heart of stone to read the death of Little Nell without laughing.'


SYNONYMS: candied, sugary, syrupy



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Australian troops in both world wars (but particularly the first) were considered larrkins. An encounter where a larrikin ANZAC asked to salute a british staff officer says "sure mate, just hold me pie, will ya?"

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Definition: Verb, To make or Become Exhausted


Example: "After forty-two hours on shift, frank was completly Frazzled"


Synonyms: Knacker, exhaust, wear out

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"Spiegelei" is also German...since both languages are related, you'll find even more similar words.



Eierlegende Wollmilchsau



Multi-part word consisting of:

"Eier" = Eggs

"legende" = laying


"Woll" = wool

"milch" = milk

"sau" = hog, swine, sow, pig


Direct translation: Egg-laying wool-milk-sow


Definition: A utopian, unrealistic solution for everything. Its origin is in the agricultural sector. Having one animal that provides everything instead of several (sheep, cow, pig, chicken), each providing only one good, would be a strategic advantage.

This term is often used, when someone wants something that can't be done, e.g. a car that is cheap, fast, small on the outside, large on the inside, with all extras, state-of-the-art-technology, super safe, looks cool like a sportscar, requires little fuel, has a great accelaration, has low-running cost, never breaks etc.

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"Handy" is used for cell phone (for the British: mobile phone). It's one of those "new German" words that sound English.


Since the end of WW2, new words for new things are not created in German, but are assimilated from English. E.g.: Jet aircrafts are also often called "Jets", very rarely "Duesenflugzeug", the "Space Shuttle" is the "Space Shuttle", "computers" are "computers" etc.


"Handy" is not used in american or british english, but it sounds like it, so it quickly entered common use. The institut for the German language in Frankfurt tried to create a substitute, but was unsuccessful. "Handy" is close to "Hand" (translation: "hand"), which could indicate that the word was created because you can take your cell phone in your hand everywhere.


"Handy" is just one of the many words that are called "Denglisch" (a mixture of Deutsch (German) and english). "Denglisch" is used by people who critize that more and more English words enter the German language.

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Hmm, and handy in english is usually used to mean somting that is very useful,

e.g. "A handy corner shop" is a corner shop which is in a useful position, i.e. nearby, or near a place where it will be used often.

A Handyman is someone who does various useful jobs,

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I know. That's the part where it gets really confusing...just imagine this conversation between a German (who doesn't know that about "handy" and "Handy") and an English-native speaker:


G: "I need a handy - could I borrow yours?"


E: "Err...a handy - what?!"

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