German | Swabian Swabia, Germany

's Läba isch koi Schlotzer

Idiom USED On Occasion BY Swabians

(Life is not a lollipop) • Used as a response when someone complains about a small problem or task. Meaning life is not always easy.

"Ich hab noch soviel zu tun..." "s Läba osch koi Schlotzer"

"I have sooo much to do..." "Life is not a lollipop"

Confirmed by 4 people


German | Plattdeutsch Northern Germany, Germany


Word USED On Very Rare Occasion BY Some People

(n.) • (field chatter) • It’s a funny and endearing way to say mobile phone. However most people would simply use the German word for mobile phone (handy) instead. “Field chatter” also suggests the farmerly my background, that most people who speak Plattdeutsch have.

"Hast du din Ackerschnacker dabi? Ick mutt mol ken anropen."

"Do you have your mobile phone with you? I need to call someone."

Confirmed by 3 people

German Germany


Word USED On Occasion BY Almost Everyone

(n.) • (damage happiness ) • To be happy by other people’s misfortune.

"Hast du gehört? Herr Müller hat schon wieder verschlafen. *lacht* Jetzt muss er Extraarbeit machen." "Du bist wirklich schadenfroh!"

"Did you hear? Mister Müller overslept again. * laughs* Now he’s got to do extra work." "You’re well gleeful!"

Confirmed by 10 people

German Germany and Austria

Grüß Gott!

Expression USED Very frequently BY Everyone

(Greet God!) • Saying "Grüß Gott!" is a polite way of greeting people in Southern Germany and Austria. Despite its obviously religious background, this greeting is being used by everyone, regardless of their religious orientation. Furthermore, it can be used at all times of the day.

"Grüß Gott! Ich würde gerne einen Termin für nächste Woche buchen."

"Greet God! I would like to book an appointment for next week."

Confirmed by 3 people


German Germany


Word USED Frequently BY Everyone

(n.) • (Damage-happiness ) • A feeling of happines that someone gets when others fail or things go wrong.

"Hast du gehört? Herr Müller hat schon wieder verschlafen." "Du bist ja richtig schadenfroh!"

"Did you head? Mr. Müller overslept again." "You’re really 'damage-happy'!"

Confirmed by 3 people

German | Saarländisch Saarland, Germany


Slang USED Very frequently BY Almost Everyone

(and? ) • Dialect for "und?" (and?) which asks how someone is doing or how someone's day has been etc. Often used as a beginning of a conversation

"Unn?" "Jo, und selbst?" "Jo."

"And?" "Good, and you?" "Good."


German Germany


Word USED On Occasion BY Young People

(adj.) • It means “cool”.

"Das ist echt knorke!"

"That’s really cool!"

Confirmed by 11 people


German Northern Germany, Germany


Expression USED Very frequently BY Almost Everyone in Northern Germany

A greeting that can be used at every time of day in Northern Germany - basically the equivalent to "Hi". In Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg, it is more common to use "Moin" and not "Moin moin", since the latter is sometimes considered to be too much talk.

"Moin Andreas, alles klar?"

"Moin Andreas, everything alright?"

Confirmed by 11 people

German Germany

eine Naschkatze sein

Idiom USED On Occasion BY Almost Everyone

(To be a nibbling cat.) • To have a sweet tooth.

"Meine Tochter ist eine echte Naschkatze. Sie isst gerne Kuchen, Kekse, Schoko - alles!"

"My daughter has a really sweet tooth. She likes eating cakes, biscuits, chocolate - everything!"

Confirmed by 11 people

German Rhineland, Germany

du Otto

Expression USED On Rare Occasion BY many people

(you Otto) • It is a expression to playfully insult someone, reminding them that they said/did something a little bit dumb. It normally meant not to be taken seriously.

"Das war die falsche Kiste, du Otto."

"That was the wrong box, you Otto."

Confirmed by 2 people

German Germany


Word USED On Rare Occasion BY Almost Everyone

(v.) • (disimproving) • To worsen something whilst trying to improve something.

"Ich wollte den Fleck entfernen, aber jetzt ist es schlimmer als zuvor..." "Das hast du richtig schön verschlimmbessert!"

"I wanted to get rid of that stain, but now it’s even worse..." "You’ve disimproved it very nicely!"

Confirmed by 14 people

German Germany

Jetzt haben wir den Salat

Expression USED On Occasion BY Almost Everyone

(Now we have the salad ) • It’s used as an expression of frustration when something goes wrong.

"Max, pass auf die Vase auf!" (Max lässt die Vase fallen) "Jetzt haben wir den Salat!"

"Max, mind the vase!" (Max drops the vase) "Now we have the salad!"

Confirmed by 17 people


German Germany

ein Bock auf etwas haben

Expression USED Frequently BY Teens

To be in the mood to do something. Can also be used in negative form - keinen Bock auf etwas haben (to not be in the mood for something).

"Ich habe Bock auf die Party zu gehen."


German Germany


Expression USED On Occasion BY Almost Everyone

(n.) • (farsickness) • A strong urge to travel (fern) far from home. Opposite to homesickness/nostalgia (Heimweh).

“Ich habe Fernweh!”

“I have farsickness!”

Confirmed by 20 people

German Germany


Idiom USED Very frequently BY Young people who menstruate

(strawberry week) • To have one’s ‘strawberry week’ means that one is currently menstruating.

“Ich möchte heute nicht mitkommen, mir geht’s heute nicht so gut.” “Oh, was ist los?” “Erdbeerwoche.”

“I don’t want to come with today, I’m not feeling well.” “Oh, what’s up?” “Strawberry week.”

Confirmed by 2 people

German Germany

das ist mir Wurst

Standard Phrase USED On Occasion BY Almost Everyone

(it's sausage to me) • It's used when expressing that you don't care about something.

"Was willst du tun?" "Das ist mir Wurst"

"What do you want to do?" "That's sausage to me."

Confirmed by 4 people


German Germany

die Augen waren größer als der Bauch

Standard Phrase USED On Rare Occasion BY Mostly middle aged people

(the eyes were bigger than the belly) • Usually used when someone bought or put more food on their plate than they could eat because they were hungry and therefore thought they could eat more than they actually could. It can be an accusation that they wasted food.

„Das kann ich nicht mehr essen, ich bin so satt!“ „Deine Augen waren größer als dein Bauch.“

„I can't eat that anymore, I’m so full!“ „Your eyes were bigger than your belly.“

Confirmed by 4 people

German Germany


Slang USED On Rare Occasion BY Young People

(n.) • It’s an abbreviation for “Mensch Ohne Freunde” (Person without friends) and is usually used as a joke among friends when you’re in a situation all by yourself.

“Ich war die einzige, die da war. Ich habe mich wie ein Mof gefühlt.”

"I’m the only one who was there. I felt like a Mof."

Confirmed by 2 people

German Germany


Word USED On Occasion BY Some People

(n.) • (double chin holder) • Used to jokingly refer to a face mask, as people often wear their masks below their chin so they can pull it up over their mouth and nose quickly when needed. But this looks as if they are using it as a holder for their double chin.

"Guck mal! Da ist wieder jemand mit Doppelkinnhalter."

"Look! There's another person wearing a double chin holder."

German Germany


Word USED On Occasion BY Most People

(n.) • (face beautifier) • Used ironically during the coronavirus pandemic to express that wearing the face mask makes us look more beautiful ("face beautifier"). In Germany it is illegal to use the official name (Mund-Nasen-Schutz = mouth-nose-protection, only to use for professional and certified medical products) for our homemade masks (especially when they are sold to others). So we created some other funny names for it.

"Einen Moment, bitte, ich muss erst meine Gesichtsverschönerung anziehen."

"One second, please, I need to put on my face beautifier first."

Confirmed by 2 people