A “Wundertüte” of Words

It has been a while since I last wrote about my WOWs (Word of the Week) so it’s time to unpack my “Wundertüte” (bag of surprises) of English words which have kept me amused over the last weeks.

miffed: verärgert

E.g. Sally was really miffed because she wasn’t invited to the party. (Sally war verärgert, weil sie nicht zur Party engeladen war)

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Off My Trolley

I have a new saying:

Don’t mind me! I’m just having a moment but it’ll pass.

A Moment of Madness

Yesterday I had such a moment! Do you know the game “I went shopping and bought…”?

Well, I went shopping and I didn’t buy 1 butter squash, 2 pears. 3 bread rolls, 4 courgettes and 5 bananas!

That really did happen. I put all of these things in my trolley, paid at the till and drove home. Later I said to my husband that there were some “Brötchen” for our midday sandwiches…or I thought there were! They were nowhere to be found. Then the mystery began!

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Much Hairdo About Nothing

A pile of hair words

Here are some useful words or phrases to do with the topic hair.

ponytail : Pferdeschwanz sideburns: Koteletten pigtails (bunches): Zöpfe plait (braid): Zopf bun (knot): Haarknoten* curly: lockig wavy: wellig parting: Haarscheitel bald: kahl hair (hairstyle): Frisur greasy: fettig dandruff: Schuppen frizzy: kraus mop of hair: Haarschopf hairline: Haaransatz blow dry: föhnen wig: Perücke split ends: Spliss layered: stufig to lose hair (folically/folicularly challenged): Haare verlieren**

She stood in front of the mirror and did her hair. When she was finished she was shocked to see how many hairs were on the floor. She realised she was losing her hair.

* When I checked the translation for “hair in a bun” I got the answer “Haare in einem Brötchen“! ** not really politically correct.

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All Things Bright and Beautiful

Here I am sitting in my garden under a tree. We may only have a small garden but in it there are 3 trees. When we first moved in there were 3 little ponds. Next you’ll be asking if we have 3 little pigs.

Unfortunately I haven’t inherited my family’s green fingers. No pristine English lawn with its fresh green grass. My father must be ‘turning in his grave’ at the sight of our patch of moss. Oh well! You can’t be good at everything.

We live in a village on the main street and there is a constant flow of traffic during the day, so I can’t say it’s quiet. We are lucky, however, to have visitors of a furry or feathered kind, especially early in the morning or in the evening.

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National Stereotypes

It is all too easy to categorise people according to their nationality. Putting people in pigeon holes (Leute in eine Schublade stecken) and assuming that all are the same can lead to misunderstanding, intolerance and narrow-mindedness (Engstirnigkeit).

One thing I have learnt is that we all have prejudices, conscious or unconscious – it is human nature. I can understand my friends here who still think that English food is terrible, having had a bad experience on their school exchange 40 years ago.

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Words of the Week Update

I have had fun over the last few weeks deciding what word to take as my Word of the Week (WOW). Unfortunately I haven’t got round to posting them weekly – the last being in November.

Strangely enough I now have time because of the restrictions which have been caused by the infamous corona virus.

So here is a list of the WOWs that I chose. I think my customers have had fun using them either because they are simply funny words or because they have lightened the mood recently.

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