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Writer's Block: The Wrath of Ohrwurm

German has a word for everything, like ohrwurm. Translated literally as "earworm" in English, it's the word for songs that get stuck in your head and won't go away. What earworm of a song do you most dread burrowing into your head?


They may have a word for earworm but they have no word for 'fluffy'...

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loveberlinxo
Nov. 26th, 2008 10:59 pm (UTC)
FLUFFY! Those evil Germans.
ladyofsalzburg
Nov. 27th, 2008 10:16 am (UTC)
You seen Blackadder too then?
feeverte
Nov. 27th, 2008 12:11 am (UTC)
I am very sorry to have to tell you this, but I'm quite sure 'Ohrwurm' beats 'fluffy' fair and square. We have a few synonyms for fluffy, but there is nothing close to the brilliance of Ohrwurm in the English language, and I say that as someone who likes English more than German. And as someone who has taught every Brit I've ever met the word earworm :)
Sorry. I'm drunk.
ladyofsalzburg
Nov. 27th, 2008 10:15 am (UTC)
Hahah, the fluffy quote is actually from Blackadder, so blame Rowan Atkinson for it!
shortbutfast
Nov. 27th, 2008 11:44 am (UTC)
ah but we do!
fluffy would be flauschig when it's the kitty kind of fluffy.
or locker-flockig when it's about food.
or kuschelig when it's about, say, a fluffy sweater.

german is dangerously precise. which kind of reflects national character, hehe.
ladyofsalzburg
Nov. 27th, 2008 02:32 pm (UTC)
Ah right ok. As I said above, it's actually a quote from Blackadder and at the time I don't think there was actually a word for fluffy (many bored lessons in school spent searching through dictionaries discovered this was correct).
Though, in my boredom state, I've just checked what those words you said mean and got fleecy, loose-fluffy and cuddly, so not really fluffy still.

I know German is very precise (unlike English which amuses me enormously with its equivocal words) though I still think the best German word is geschwindigkeitsbegrenzung :D
lutitia
Nov. 27th, 2008 04:17 pm (UTC)
*whispers* the you don't know the word: Streichholzschächtelchen! ;)
ladyofsalzburg
Nov. 27th, 2008 04:21 pm (UTC)
Oooh no I don't! Sounds fun... what is it?
lutitia
Nov. 27th, 2008 04:46 pm (UTC)
It is a very small match-box :D
ladyofsalzburg
Nov. 27th, 2008 05:02 pm (UTC)
Ok. Random, but cool! I like it XD
lutitia
Nov. 27th, 2008 07:32 pm (UTC)
LOL most cool words are random :P Have you tried to pronounce it yet? ;D

Or how about: Dampfschifffahrtskapitän?
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