Every language is of course unique. There are always some funny words in any language that appeal to the sense of humour of someone who is learning something about that language for the first time. German is just one of those languages that seems to have accumulated some of the most fascinating and hilarious words. Many of these hilarious German words are compound nouns and verbs that at least to the English speaker seem extraordinarily long.
Here are some Examples of these Weird German Words below:
The literal translation of the funny German word, brustwarze, is breast wart, which at first sight seems a bit alarming. In fact, when it is properly translated it means ‘nipple’ in English!
Sweet Lady’s milk
Germans obviously have a thing about breasts because they named a sweet wine made in Germany Liebfraumilch. It’s a common white wine sold everywhere around the western world and is a favourite wine amongst those who like, well, sweet white wine! However, very few ever wonder just why it’s got that name. It’s just another funny German translation. It literally means in English ‘Dear Lady’s milk’ which doesn’t make much sense at first until it is realised that it refers to the sweet milk that baby Jesus would have enjoyed from his mum, the Virgin Mary!
For something quite different, here’s another hilarious German word. A klobrille, when literally translated, seems to imply that it is a pair of glasses that you wear when you go to the toilet. The literal translation is ‘toilet glasses.’ Maybe it is the sort of thing that a German toilet cleaner wears when they inspect the cleanliness of the toilet they have just cleaned? In fact, it actually means ‘toilet seat’ in English. Hopefully, it’s not too fragile when you sit on it!
Have you seen anyone Wearing a Pair of Shoes on their Hands?
Some weird German words are not really weird at all, but you do rather wonder whether the person who invented them hundreds of years ago had a good sense of humour. Take the German word handschuhe, for example. You will see a lot of people wearing these hand shoes across Germany if you go there in winter. You may even be wearing a pair of hand shoes yourself. The word actually means ‘gloves’ in English, which makes sense.
So if you ever thought that there was no humour in the German language now you can think twice and enjoy exploring the humour that the language offers.