March 30, 2010

All things German

So, we have a family friend staying at the house for a few weeks, who's German. I never really thought much about Germany, save for those torturous hours in high school trying to learn the language of France's neighbors.

All of a sudden, every since his arrival, every article and conversation seems to talk about Germany. The Economist published a huge issue devoted to Germany, the Express yesterday had several funny vignettes about Germany, and my father was comparing the pros and cons of Germany cars this morning.

On a seemingly unrelated note, I receive a word a day from an online feature called "A.Word.A.Day." from This week's theme? All words borrowed from German. I swear, this is true.

Wednesday’s Word


(got-uhr-DAM-uh-roong, -rung)

noun: Complete destruction of an institution, regime, order, etc.

Thursday’s Word


(ray-AHL-paw-li-teek, ree-)

noun: Politics guided by practical considerations, instead of principles or ethics.

From German Realpolitik, from real (real, practical) + politik (politics).

Coincidence? I don't think so.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It's a conspiracy!!!