Sunday, March 15, 2015

German words in English

There are quite a few German words that have found their way into the English language. Kindergarten is perhaps the most familiar example, and there is Heimat, of course, probably best known from the epic film series. This is a collection of 'recent sightings' of German words in an English context, in alphabetical order.



Doppelgänger
I suppose everyone knows what Doppelgänger means? The article under the heading "True Stories of Doppelgangers" (note the lack of ä umlaut) was spotted by HE Translations Marketing Consultant Chris Mawer.


Gestalt
Interesting article entitled "Design Principles: Visual Perception And The Principles Of Gestalt", published in Smashing Magazine, spotted by HE Translations Marketing Consultant Chris Mawer.


Gesundheit
Found on page 7 of the Spring/Summer 2015 edition of Chicken & Egg, the magazine of the British Hen Welfare Trust.


Glockenspiel
Carillon Olympiapark Muenchen

Came across "Glockenspiel" in an interesting BBC interview with Cathal Smyth (formerly Chas Smash of Madness), in which he refers to "Life Part 3" and a previous "Civic Duty" period. I dare say the Glockenspiel he referred to was the 'other type', but in any case, I'm not sure how exactly the term  entered the English language – any offers? Anyway, thanks to Chris for drawing my attention to the interview.


Hinterland
Quote from the Deveron Arts "The Town Is The Venue" web page:
"Huntly, our town, is based in the North East of Scotland. Its people, history and environment provide us with the context for our work. Our town is about 4,500 people-strong and serves a rural hinterland with a similar amount of people".


Poltergeist
Poltergeist-Therese Selles
According to Wikipedia, the first reported poltergeist was in Germany in 856 AD.


Realpolitik
Interesting article in today's Conversation, under the heading "Open and shut: how Germany plays politics with its borders".

The article starts with this paragraph:
Was it just a dream? Only last week, Germany made it clear that all refugees were welcome, and chancellor Angela Merkel became the Mother Teresa of European politics.
And it ends with this:
Whether the German plan will work out – as a social experiment and an act of political leadership at home and as a call to action for a more concerted effort to shape the foundations of the European Union – remains to be seen. It was, in any event, worth trying.
 Entry added 22 April 2015


Rucksack
Report in 19 March 2015 edition of the Leicester Mercury: Cabin rucksack maker wins major order from Philippines. See also Backpack History, courtesy of Chris Mawer.



Spitzenkandidat
Is "Spitzenkandidat" the latest German word to enter the English language? See European Voice article of 14 February 2015 on the subject.
Update 11 September 2015: See also State of the European Union address analysis here.


 Vorsprung durch Technik
No comment/explanation necessary, I suppose?
Entry added 22 April 2015