German Loanwords cloud

Here we are collecting sightings of German words in English news items or articles. Our growing list of such words including descriptions, meanings and examples can be found here.

Angst

… there was no denying the mood of angst that prevailed in the conference hall, and the sense that new centres of disruptive decision making were emerging to which the west, and especially Europe, were too slow to adapt.

16/02/2020 | The Guardian | Patrick Wintour : @patrickwintour | Read full quote at source
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Wunderkind

“It is still unclear,” the New Statesman politics team’s very own cherubic wunderkind writes, “just what the Prime Minister is willing to compromise on in order to fulfil his pledge to have a trade deal signed, sealed and delivered by December.”

28/01/2020 | New Statesman Evening Call | Jonn Elledge : @JonnElledge | Read full quote at source
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Kitsch

‘The Michelangelo of kitsch’: the restoration of outsider architect Bruce Goff

10/01/2020 | Guardian/Observer Design | Steve Rose : @steverose7 | Read full quote at source
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Blitz

Johnson⁩ to blitz seats in Labour heartlands

08/12/2019 | The Times | Neil Henderson : @hendopolis | Read full quote at source
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Comment: Authors of the actual Times article were Steven Swinford and Kate Devlin

Schnitzel

Fork out to pork out: Germany’s ‘schnitzel alert’ echoes around Europe

06/12/2019 | The Guardian | Bibi van der Zee : @bibivanderzee | Read full quote at source

Comment: Term not yet included in main list

Schadenfreude

Oh-so-sweet schadenfreude

09/12/2019 | Deutsche Welle | Hannah Fuchs : @ohwhatthefox__ | Read full quote at source
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Meister

It could be that Corbyn-the-leveller sees his monotone as a sort of tonal equivalent to the society he seeks to create – but really, if he wants to out-bloke Johnson (and behind him, the blokemeister general, Nigel ‘two pints of bitter and a packet of fags’ Farage), he needs to pay close attention to the way people really speak.

08/12/2019 | The New European | Will Self : @@wself | Read full quote at source
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Blitz

Today is – thanks be to God and all that is holy – the last day of the worst general election in recorded human history, and indeed perhaps the worst thing of any kind to have happened in the UK since the Blitz.

11/12/2019 | Wings over Scotland | Rev. Stuart Campbell : @RevStu | Read full quote at source
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Kitsch

Al-Fayed installed a kitsch golden memorial to his son, Dodi Fayed, who died in a car crash with Princess Diana at the close of the last century, at the base of the shop’s Egyptian Escalators.

11/12/2019 | New Statesman | Hettie O'Brien : @@hettieveronica | Read full quote at source
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Angst

I began to realise that a V10 is better than a bicycle and that having fun at 180 mph is more important than having angst about plankton.

15/12/2019 | Sunday Times | Jeremy Clarkson : @JeremyClarkson | Read full quote at source
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Gemeinschaft / Gesellschaft

It is not necessary to know how to spell Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft to recognise the Fascist predisposition engendered by today’s turbocharged capitalism.

07/04/1994 | London Review of Books | Edward Luttwak : @Edward_Luttwak | Read full quote at source

Comment: Terms not yet included in main list

Berg

Fighting fatbergs: ‘This is now a huge environmental issue’

20/12/2019 | The Guardian | Rebecca Smithers : @RebeccaSmithers | Read full quote at source
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Fest

V Fest mission statement: To encourage and motivate people to love and respect our planet; to take better care of both our planet and ourselves; and to adhere to a vegan and eco-friendly lifestyle as much as possible.

27/02/2020 | V Fest website | | Read full quote at source
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Stollen

With much of Europe still stuffed full of turkey, stollen and panettone, here’s a taste of the tense political climate in another part of the world.

26/12/2019 | Politico Brussels Playbook | Saim Saeed : @saimsaeed847 | Read full quote at source

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Flak

Germany draws flak after record arms sales defy limit on exports

28/12/2019 | The Telegraph | Daniel Wighton : @DanielWighton | Read full quote at source
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Comment: Term used in printed headline but not online at https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/12/27/german-arms-exports-hit-record-high-2019-despite-domestic-calls/

Foehn

Forecasters have attributed the unseasonably warm weather to a meteorological pattern called the Foehn Effect

30/12/2019 | The Guardian | Clea Skopeliti : @cleaskopeliti | Read full quote at source

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Autobahn

Autobahn speed limit requires further review, insurers say

30/12/2019 | Deutsche Welle | : @dwnews | Read full quote at source
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Doppelgänger

The page was cached a week before Zimmer did his original side-by-side post having apparently discovered his doppelgänger.

08/01/2020 | New Statesman | Sarah Manavis : @sarahmanavis | Read full quote at source
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Zeitgeist

That Zeitgeist of gloomy resignation is precisely why a new volume by Patrick Milton, Michael Axworthy, and Brendan Simms [Towards a Westphalia for the Middle East] is such a refreshing contribution to the literature on conflict resolution in the Middle East.

01/01/2020 | Foreign Affairs magazine | Suzanne Maloney : @MaloneySuzanne | Read full quote at source
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Zeitgeist

The European elections of 2019 produced a surge of support for Green politics across the Union, with Germany’s The Greens capturing the zeitgeist with a doubling of their vote share.

23/01/2020 | RSA events | RSA : @thersaorg | Read full quote at source
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Comment: Web page saved as "A New Roadmap for Eco Politics - zeitgeist - RSA events.pdf"

Ersatz

This time there was no daily Downing Street press conference. Not even an ersatz People’s PMQs with spoon fed set ups from Classic “Let the old and the vulnerable die” Dom.

23/03/2020 | The Guardian | John Crace : @JohnJCrace | Read full quote at source
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Zeitgeist

The cultural producer’s dilemma – even with the West End theatres’ lights dimmed, and Amazon and Netflix’s streaming reduced to a mere piddle – is whether to retool for the zeitgeist, or double-down on the idea that art is timeless and universal.

26/03/2020 | The New European | Will Self : @wself
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Blitz

The ‘Blitz Spirit’ won’t protect Britain from the Coronavirus

12/03/2020 | The Atlantic | Helen Lewis : @helenlewis | Read full quote at source
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Hinterland

When ‘Britain’ existed as a part of a larger whole, these confected everyday dramas of country folk had a pleasing unreality – but now it stands alone, the sunny uplands of Borsetshire have become everyone’s hinterland, while you no longer need a radio of any sort to hear the cheesy ‘Doo-d’dooo-d’doo-d’doo, doo-d’dooo-d’doo-d’dooooo!’ of British nationalism.

09/03/2020 | The New European | Will Self : @wself | Read full quote at source
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Struwwelpeter

10 references at London Review of Books

12/09/2019 | London Review of Books | : @lrb | Read full quote at source

Comment: Candidate for list of German words used in English?

Blitz

Did Meghan know that who she is did not ever matter? That she would never be allowed to impose her own “style” – that is, herself – on the monarchy, with its spin of fake humility and an eternal Blitz spirit? Today’s manifestation was the Mail on Sunday headline: “Queen: I Won’t Let Virus Stop Me Doing My Duty”.

08/03/2020 | The Guardian | Tanya Gold : @TanyaGold1 | Read full quote at source
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Bauhaus

Her final biography, published last year, was of Walter Gropius, Bauhaus founder, which returned MacCarthy to her original metier.

01/03/2020 | The Guardian | Veronica Horwell | Read full quote at source
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Zersetzung

During the Cold War, the Stasi perfected techniques of psychological warfare known as Zersetzung, sometimes translated as ‘disintegration’.

21/02/2020 | The Brexit Blog | Chris Grey : @chrisgreybrexit | Read full quote at source

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Blitz

Man who spent years telling ‘Remoaners’ that Britain survived the Blitz just panic-bought 400 toilet rolls

06/03/2020 | NewsThump | : @newsthump | Read full quote at source
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Zeitgeisty

The most innovative and zeitgeisty dictionary additions are highlighted in quarterly press releases about dictionary revisions, perhaps in hope of viral attention.

17/02/2020 | The Guardian | Lynne Murphy : @lynneguist | Read full quote at source
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Angst

But there was no denying the mood of angst that prevailed in the conference hall, and the sense that new centres of disruptive decision making were emerging to which the west, and especially Europe, were too slow to adapt.

16/02/2020 | The Guardian | Patrick Wintour : @patrickwintour | Read full quote at source
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Wunderkind

“It is still unclear,” the New Statesman politics team’s very own cherubic wunderkind writes, “just what the Prime Minister is willing to compromise on in order to fulfil his pledge to have a trade deal signed, sealed and delivered by December.”

28/01/2020 | New Statesman | Jonn Elledge : @JonnElledge | Read full quote at source
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Kitsch

‘The Michelangelo of kitsch’: the restoration of outsider architect Bruce Goff

10/01/2020 | The Guardian | Steve Rose : @steverose7 | Read full quote at source
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Gemütlichkeit

Charles Dickens is credited with pretty much inventing Christmas as it’s celebrated in contemporary Britain. In the 1850s, using his journal of nascent gemütlichkeit, Household Words, Dickens pushed good cheer, holly and mistletoe, plum puddings with silver sixpences in them, jolly japes, wrap culture – and all the rest of this confected festival of the familial.

19/12/2019 | The New European | Will Self : @wself | Read full quote at source

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Hinterland

… you can’t take a train all the way to the Amazon, but reporting on the front line of climate change is just as important as covering the institutional stuff. Jon Watts literally took days to get to “Forest COP” on the Iriri river deep in the Brazilian hinterland.

03/12/2019 | The Guardian member newsletter | Mark Rice-Oxley : @markriceoxley69
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Doppelgänger

Doppelganger domains are clones of legitimate domains but with a very slight difference…

15/11/2019 | Infinity Group | : @infinitygrouptw | Read full quote at source
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Angst

The original publication of The War of the Worlds was like a bombshell to an angst-ridden Britain suspicious of its neighbours. Now, why might the BBC consider a new adaptation so timely?

17/11/2029 | The New European | Charlie Connelly : @charlieconnelly | Read full quote at source
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Kafkaesque

This is part of a Kafkaesque financial shell game that has played out since the 2008 financial crisis.

15/11/2019 | The Guardian | Rana Foroohar : @RanaForoohar | Read full quote at source
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Blitzkrieg

Dominic Cummings is using political blitzkrieg to tear down UK institutions.

24/10/2019 | The Guardian | James Ball | Read full quote at source
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Comment: jamesrbuk

Ringmeister

OMG, M8: check out BMW’s luxury ringmeister

14/10/2019 | The Sunday Times | Will Dron : @wdron | Read full quote at source
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Blitz

INEOS, which is owned by Jim Ratcliffe, Britain’s richest man, appeared to spare no expense when it came to either the groundbreaking science or the marketing blitz leading up to the event.

13/10/2019 | The Atlantic | Paul Bisceglio : @PaulBisceglio | Read full quote at source
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Kraftwerk

Zoom out from both stories and ask yourself a question: would a government that had a serious plan to circumvent the Benn Act and avoid a Brexit extension be briefing that it is so hard that even the Queen will tremble before its knowledge of the British constitution, that Merkel has insisted that the UK will never leave the EU unless Northern Ireland says in a customs union, and that Boris Johnson admits in writing that Kraftwerk are better than the Beatles? Aren’t these the actions of an administration whose eyes have moved from the question of doing Brexit on 31 October to avoid blame for when it doesn’t happen?

09/10/2019 | New Statesman | Stephen Bush : @stephenkb | Read full quote at source

Comment: Decided to exclude names from list of German words used in English, but this one is too good to miss.

Angst

In his controversial article “What if we stopped pretending?” published by The New Yorker magazine recently, acclaimed novelist Jonathan Franzen referred to the looming climate “apocalypse”, asserting that, to prepare for it, we need to admit that we can’t prevent it. Naturally, it caused quite a stir among the climate-change vanguard. Some accused Franzen of scaremongering, saying it would drive people to anxiety or paralysis, thereby hindering action. Others felt it essential to people understanding just how bad the crisis is – and that this justified the tone of the story. The irony is that disagreement about the merits of the article seemed to cause more angst than its subject matter. Actually, while it’s easy to pick fault with some of the facts and suggested actions (as many people have) the article is fairly balanced.

02/10/2019 | The Conversation | Ranald Boydell : @ranaldboydell | Read full quote at source
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Autobahn

Zebra shot dead after jaunt on German autobahn

02/10/2019 | Deutsche Welle | : @dwnews | Read full quote at source
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Kafkaesque / Diktat

It [neoliberalism] has failed on its own terms, and in many other ways. Far from creating general prosperity, as it promised, growth has been significantly slower in the neoliberal era than it was in preceding decades, and most of its fruits have been gathered by the rich. Far from stimulating an enterprise economy, it has created a gilded age for rent-seekers. Far from eliminating bureaucracy, it has created a Kafkaesque system of mad diktats and stifling control. It has fomented ecological, social, political, economic and financial crises, culminating in the 2008 crash. Yet, perhaps because its opponents have failed to produce a new, compelling story of their own, it still dominates our lives.

17/12/2019 | George Monbiot blog | George Monbiot : @georgemonbiot | Read full quote at source
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Comment: Two German words in the same sentence!

Angst

The arrival of Philip Lee, the former Conservative MP for Bracknell, however, was for some Lib Dem activists a bridge too far. Lee abstained on the 2013 equal marriage act and his voting record is a source of angst among Lib Dems, although Lee has convinced the leadership of his bona fides and settled nerves by agreeing to meet LGBT activists at the conference in Bournemouth.

11/09/2019 | New Statesman | Stephen Bush : @stephenkb | Read full quote at source
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