About this Project
I thought “challenge accepted”, named my project 100 Days of German Words and committed to designing a new German word every day.
I think a lot about language. About the words we pick, the ones we omit and the ones we’re painfully lacking.
Whenever a Greek friend tells me he has ekkremotita (a tiny thing in abeyance) or I’m reminded of the Spanish word sobremesa (a moment of chit chat after a family meal) my soul feels suddenly, strangely, cosmically understood.
I think of this project as the love child of my German linguistic education and a job connecting me with people from all over the World.
I’ll keep it up because it’s fun, because it’s therapeutic and because the Internet should be a place that makes you feel less alone.
Oh, and there’s Instagram, too.
Are these real words?
They are now, I guess.
I don’t encourage you to use them in official university papers, though ;-)
If you’ve ever taken German classes you’re probably familiar with sentences like “I can’t explain why it is like that. It just is. The German language is full of exceptions”.
So if I built a word that looks terribly wrong, I plead the exception-amendment and declare that it’s actually terribly right.
The German language is full of exceptions, and so are we.