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By CORE Team on September 29, 2022

16 Funny German Nouns

German nouns can be one of several things: They can be extremely long, because unlike English, compound nouns are spelled as one word, and sometimes a noun is a "compound" of many other nouns. But they can also be very funny, especially when we look at their literal translation. 

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Here are some examples of some funny German nouns:

1. der Geldbeutel 

literal: "the money bag/pouch"       

meaning: the wallet

 

2. die Lebensmittel

literal: "the life means"                   

meaning: the food

 

3. das Ausland

literal: "the out country"           

meaning: the foreign country

 

4. der Weltraum

literal: "the world room/space"   

meaning: outer space

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5. der Augapfel

literal: "the eye apple"   

meaning: the eyeball

 

6. die Ohrfeige

literal: "the ear fig"

meaning: the slap in the face

 

7. de Purzelbaum

literal: "the tumble tree"

meaning: the somersault

 

8. die Götterspeise

literal: "the gods' food"

meaning: the jello

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9. der Löwenzahn

literal: "the lion tooth"

meaning: the dandelion

 

10. die Brotzeit

literal: "the bread time"

meaning: the snack

 

11. die (Sechskant)Mutter

literal: "the (six edge) mother"

meaning: the hex nut

 

12. das Eigelb

literal: "the egg yellow"

meaning: the egg yolk

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13. der Zebrastreifen

literal: "the zebra strip"

meaning: the crosswalk

 

14. der Nachtisch

literal: "the after table"

meaning: the dessert

 

15. die Baumschule

literal: "the tree school"

meaning: the nursery

 

16. das Frischhaltefolie

literal: "the fresh keeping film/foil"

meaning: the cling wrap

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Published by CORE Team September 29, 2022
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