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“. 

Hexenschuss

Hexenschuss: The German word for a sudden lower back pain literally translates to “shot by a witch”

Yes, it’s painful! And it comes without any warning… All it takes is one clumsy movement and you suddenly feel like an 80 year old crock who shouts out in ache every time you stand up from your seat

Leichenschmaus

Leichenschmaus: A funeral reception is called a “corpse feast” in German

I remember finding the word Leichenschmaus extremely off-putting when I was a kid and could not believe that a concept like this even existed. But it does indeed, and no, it is not linked to cannibalism…

Eselsbrücke

Eselsbrücke: When you are making up a little memory hook, Germans will say you are building a “donkey bridge”

It has probably nothing to do with donkeys being stupid, but rather a bit stubborn. They refuse to wade through water – so their owners have to build an improvised bridge to make them cross a creek.

Mahlzeit

Mahlzeit: To this day, there are people in Germany who greet around noon by shouting “meal” at each other

It’s an expression that I can hardly believe has survived into the present day because it sounds so utterly bizarre. Nevertheless, you still hear it from time to time, especially in larger companies.

Konterbier

Konterbier ("counter beer”): A beer that Germans are having for breakfast after a party night with the intent to ease their hangover

Germany is known as the land of great scientists. It is also known as the land of wild and rampant alcohol consumption. So unsurprisingly, some smart Germans have come up with great life hacks to keep your hangover in check.

Klugscheißer

Klugscheißer ("wise shitter"): That’s how Germans refer to a know-it-all. And believe me, you will find a good amount of them in Germany ;)

Klugscheißen is a true national sport in Germany. To be honest, it is hard to have a conversation with a German without them correcting you every 10 seconds.

Extrawurst

Extrawurst: When someone receives special treatment, Germans will say they “get an extra sausage”

We always talk about an Extrawurst when someone demands—or actually receives—an inappropriate privilege.

Nullachtfünfzehn

Nullachtfünfzehn: When something is very average and not worth talking about, Germans say it's “zero eight fifteen”

Germans use this word to describe something that is downright boring due to its plainness and really doesn’t lure anyone out from behind the stove.

Arschkarte

Arschkarte: When you are in the least fortunate position, Germans will say you have “pulled the ass card”.

The origin of this idiom is not entirely clear. However, many believe that there is a connection to the red card in team sports like soccer.