Arschkarte

Arschkarte: When you are in the least fortunate position, Germans will say you have "drawn 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.

Arschfax

When the care label of your slip is showing, Germans will say you are “receiving an ass fax”

It’s every foreign intern’s nemesis in Germany: this old-fashioned communication device that looks like a discarded push-button telephone has banged a printer.

Schnapszahl

Schnapszahl ("booze number"): This is what Germans call a number that is composed of a sequence of identical digits.

You know why Schnapszahl is something like the perfect German word? Because it combines two of German’s greatest passions: the passion for booze… and the passion for order. 

Schnitzeljagd

Schnitzeljagd ("hunt for Schnitzels"): That’s what Germans call a game of treasure hunt.

I remember birthday parties where we had to walk through our town and follow clues to find a treasure. I also remember my birthdays being in February and everyone having a cold the next day ;)

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.

Eierlegende Wollmilchsau

"Eierlegende Wollmilchsau" translates to "egg-laying wooly dairy pig". The term is used in German language to describe an all-in-one solution.

This beautiful German term that is used for persons, devices and anything else that is required (or advertised) to serve an unrealistic number of purposes in a perfect way.

Kirschgrün

Kirschgrün: When they pass a traffic light just after it turned red, Germans like to defend themselves by saying it was “cherry green”

We’ve all been there. Approaching a traffic light, seeing it change from green to yellow, and then, just as you’re about to pass through, it flicks to red.

Neugier

There is no doubt that “news greed” is the simplest and coolest way to translate curiosity

The word does not only describe snooping behavior, but also factors such as a thirst for knowledge and the desire to explore new subjects.

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“.