Bauchpinseln

Bauchpinseln: When you flatter someone to get in their favor, Germans will say you are “belly-brushing” that person

A German proverb says: “Not complaining is enough praise.” We are truly not the masters of lavishing compliments. However, the concept of using feigned compliments as a weapon to win someone’s favor isn’t beyond a German’s reach.

Brustwarze

Granted, the English equivalent “nipple” is not a happy choice either. But at least, it does not sound like something that you would immediately run to a dermatologist with. 

Scheißtage

Scheißtage: During the "crap days", German workers had to work for free to compensate for the time they have on the toilet the months before.

There are memorial days for pretty much every kind of nonsense – from “International Lost Socks Memorial Day” or “Wiggle Your Toes Day.” However, the “Crap Days” in Germany were a real thing, and pretty severe for the ones they affected.

Klobrille

Klobrille: Germans call their toilet seats “loo glasses”

Despite the creative and somewhat funny name for our favorite thrones, the actual toilet design in Germany is usually pretty straightforward.

Antibabypille

Antibabypille ("anti baby pill"): That’s the actual German word for the birth control pill

Is Germany a child-friendly nation? Well, not really, some might argue. In our country, children are held to the same standards as if they were under-grown adults.

Hüftgold

Hüftgold ("hip gold"): That’s how Germans refer to the excess fat around their waists

“A man without a belly is a cripple”. That’s what my grandma used to say when I refused to eat. When it comes to justifying the excess pounds, we Germans are overwhelmingly creative.

Inselbegabung

Inselbegabung: If you have great abilities in a specific area while your other skills are poor, Germans will say you have an"island gift"

Imagine being able to play Beethoven’s 9th Symphony flawlessly on the piano after hearing it only once, yet the concept of assembling an IKEA rack seems like rocket science to you.

Silberblick

Maybe the most poetic word for a squint that any language in the world has to offer

The word refers to a slight squint that, depending on the beholder’s preferences, may well be considered to be kind of sexy and mysterious.

Flitzekacke

Flitzekacke: If it's too boring for you to say diarrhea in Germany, you can also say "speedy poop"

Disclaimer: Better not read this before lunch. To all of you who are still with me, I will take you on a journey to the wonderful world of German diarrhea…

Arschgeweih

Arschgeweih: A lower back tattoo is literally called "ass antlers" in German

The term Arschgeweih has been part of popular culture in the early 2000s – there was even an election for “Miss Arschgeweih” conducted by Germany’s biggest daily newspaper “Bild“.