About this Project
In April 2015 The Great Discontent and Elle Luna challenged people to produce something creative every day for 100 days.
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.
Where are the words?
You can find them on my Twitter account (@stfufede) or through the hashtag #100DaysofGermanWords
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 ;-)
Are they grammatically correct?
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.
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Wow, this list is so funny and inspiring! I’m taking classes now and learning German has really been a challenge so far I have to admit. Although it helps that I happen to be at a school that I really like, they’re called Speakeasy Sprachzeug in Friedrichshain (they’re at http://www.speakeasysprachzeug.de by the way). My class has been helping me learn tons and I’m looking forward to sharing this site with them, danke sehr! :D
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