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German words and expressions used the english language

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Berliner Weisse,
sour beer infused with fruit syrup
Biergarten,
open-air drinking establishment
Braunschweiger,
a liverwurst cold-cut.
Bratwurst
type of sausage
Bundt cake,
a ring cake (from Bundkuchen)
Delicatessen,
speciality food retailer, fine foods (German spelling Delikatessen)
Frankfurter,
type of sausage
Gummi bear,
also found with the Anglicized spelling gummy bear, German spelling: Gummibär
Hamburger,
sandwich with a meat patty and garnishments
Hasenpfeffer,
type of rabbit (or hare) stew
Hefeweizen,
unfiltered wheat beer (containing yeast)
Kipfel,
also kipferl, a horn-shaped type of pastry
Kirschwasser,
spirit drink made from cherries
Knackwurst,
cooked sausage
Kohlrabi,
type of cabbage
Lager,
beer made with bottom-fermenting yeast and stored for some time before serving
Leberwurst,
pork liver sausage
Maß,
a unit of volume used for measuring beer
Muesli,
breakfast cereal (Swiss German spelling: Müesli, standard German: Müsli)
Pilsener
(or Pils, Pilsner), pale lager beer
Pretzel
(Standard German spelling: Brezel), flour and yeast based pastry
Pumpernickel,
type of sourdough rye bread, strongly flavoured, dense, and dark in colour
Quark,
a type of fresh cheese
Rollmops,
rolled, pickled herring fillet
Sauerkraut
(sometimes shortened to Kraut), fermented cabbage
Schnaps,
distilled beverage
Spritzer,
chilled drink from white wine and soda water (from spritzen = to spray)
Stein,
large drinking mug, usually for beer (from 'Steingut = earthenware, referring to the material)
Strudel
(e. g. Apfelstrudel, milk-cream strudel), a filled pastry
Wiener,
hot dog (from Wiener Würstchen = Viennese sausage)
Wiener Schnitzel,
crumbed veal cutlet
Wurst,
sausage, cold cuts
Zwieback,
a "twice baked" bread; rusk, variants: German hard biscuits; Mennonite double yeast roll
Abseil
(German spelling: sich abseilen, a reflexive verb, to rope (seil) oneself (sich) down (ab)); the term abseiling is used in the UK and commonwealth countries, "roping (down)" in various English settings, and "rappelling" in the US.
Blitz, taken from Blitzkrieg (lightning war).
It is a team defensive play in American or Canadian football in which the defense sends more players than the offense can block.
Foosball,
probably from the German word for table football, Tischfußball,[1] although foosball itself is referred to as Kicker in German.
Handstand
Handstand
Karabiner,
snaplink, a metal loop with a sprung or screwed gate, used in climbing and mountaineering; modern short form/derivation of the older word 'Karabinerhaken'; translates to 'riflehook'. The German word can also mean Carbine.
Kutte
(literally frock or cowl), a type of vest made out of denim or leather and traditionally worn by bikers, metalheads and punks; in German the word also refers to the clothes of monks.[2]
Kletterschuh,
climbing shoe (mountaineering)
Mannschaft,
German word for a sports team.
Rucksack
(more commonly called a backpack in U.S. English)
Schuss,
literally: shot (ski) down a slope at high speed
Turner,
a gymnast
Turnverein,
a gymnastics club or society
Volksmarsch / Volkssport / Volkswanderung
non-competitive fitness walking
-bahn as a suffix, e.g. Infobahn, after Autobahn
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Blücher, a half-boot named after Prussian Field Marshal Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher (1742-1819); also a hand in the British card game Napoleon.
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Dachshund,
literally badger dog; a dog breed (usually referred to as Dackel in German usage)
Doberman Pinscher,
a dog breed
Doppelgänger,
literally double-goer, also spelled in English as doppelganger; a double or look-alike. However, in English the connotation is that of a ghostly apparition of a duplicate living person.
Dreck,
literally dirt or smut, but now meaning trashy, awful (through Yiddish, OED s.v.)
Dummkopf
, literally stupid head; a stupid, ignorant person, similar to numbskull in English
erlaubt,
allowed, granted - opposite of verboten.
Ersatz,
replacement; usually implying an artificial and inferior substitute or imitation
Fest,
festival, party
Flak,
Flugabwehrkanone, literally: air-defence cannon, for anti-aircraft artillery or their shells, also used in flak jacket; or in the figurative sense: "drawing flak" = being heavily criticized
Gemütlichkeit,
coziness
Gesundheit,
literally health; an exclamation used in place of "bless you!" after someone has sneezed
Hausfrau,
pejorative: frumpy, petty-bourgeois, traditional, pre-emancipation type housewife whose interests centre on the home, or who is even exclusively interested in domestic matters (colloquial, American English only), sometimes humorously used to replace "wife", but with the same mildly derisive connotation
Kaffeeklatsch,
literally coffee gossip; afternoon meeting where people (usually referring to women) chitchat while drinking coffee or tea
kaput
(German spelling: kaputt), out-of-order, broken
Kindergarten,
literally children's garden; day-care centre, playschool, preschool
Kitsch,
cheap, sentimental, gaudy items of popular culture
Kraut,
literally cabbage; derogatory term for a German
Lebensraum,
literally living space; conquered territory, now synonymous with the Nazi Party
Meister,
master, also as a suffix: -meister
Nazi,
short for Nationalsozialist (National Socialist)
Neanderthal
(modern German spelling: Neandertal), for German Neandertaler, meaning "of, from, or pertaining to the Neandertal ("Neander Valley")", the site near Düsseldorf where early Homo neanderthalensis fossils were found
Noodle,
from German Nudel, a type of food; a string of pasta.
Oktoberfest,
Bavarian folk festival held annually in Munich during late September and early October
Poltergeist,
literally noisy ghost; an alleged paranormal phenomenon where objects appear to move of their own accord
Poodle,
from German Pudel, breed of dog
Rottweiler,
breed of dog
Schadenfreude,
joy from pain (literally harm joy); delight at the misfortune of others
Scheiße,
an expression and euphemism meaning "sh*it", usually as an interjection when something goes amiss
Schnauzer,
breed of dog, or a moustache
Spitz,
a breed of dog
Süffig,
if a beverage is especially light and sweet or palatable.
uber,
über, over; used to indicate that something or someone is of better or superior magnitude, e.g. Übermensch
Ur-
(German prefix), original or prototypical; e.g. Ursprache, Urtext
verboten,
prohibited, forbidden. In both English and German,[citation needed] this word has authoritarian connotations.
Volkswagen,
literally people's car; brand of automobile
Wanderlust,
the yearning to travel, from wandern (hiking) and (Lust) desire
Wiener,
used pejoratively, signifying a spineless, weak person. In German, the term Würstchen (the diminutive form of Wurst) or Wiener Würstchen (Vienna sausage) is used in its place.
Wunderkind,
literally wonder child; a child prodigy
Zeitgeist,
spirit of the time
Zeppelin,
type of rigid airship named after its inventor
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