Children’s word for horse. From the hilarious rambling discussion of mislabeled horse meat in the first 2013 episode of Dittsche. “Bears can grow to be quite old… but horses aren’t getting old anymore, are they?”

Wiktionary writes that the word comes from the German words for “gee” and “haw,” with hott meaning right and meaning left.

(Hotteh hüüü.)


Another weird Wagnerian word. It’s translated as “relief” in the libretto. Sieglinde “labt” Siegmund many times with mead in Act 1, Scene 1, of Walküre.

(LOB oong.)

Weia! Waga! Woge, du Welle, walle zur Wiege! Wagalaweia! Wallala, weiala weia!

Weia! Waga! Undulate, you wave, [seethe, surge, boil] to the cradle! Wagalaweia! Wallala, weiala weia!

(VYE ah!   VOGG ah!   VOGUE ah   doo   VELL ah,   VALL ah   tsoo rrr   VEE gah!   VAGG ollah VYE ah!   VALL ollah,   VYE ollah   VYE ah!)


To tow boats. The world’s (temporarily) largest container ship, the “CMA CGM Marco Polo,” recently sailed into Hamburg with the tide. It had to be turned and moved into place rather quickly before the tidewater receded, and only a quarter of its 16,000-container capacity (in TEU, twenty-foot-equivalent units) could be shifted; advocates for deepening the Elbe river are using the visit as a PR action.

Larger container ships (18,000 TEU) are currently under construction in Korea for Maersk, and will ply the seas in 2013.

(Boog ZEEE ren.)

The Gorch Fock

Both an impressive wooden sailing ship still used as a teaching vessel by the German Navy (the Gorch Fock Two), and a high-speed train. Originally, Gorch Fock was the pen name of plattdeutsch poet and novelist Johann Wilhelm Kinau, a very good-looking man. He was drafted into World War I, where he served as a lookout on the front mast of the S.M.S. Wiesbaden and drowned in 1916. Kinau quotes I’ve found online seem quite gung ho.

(Gorch Fock.)



(BITCH teller.)


“Mouth of the Peene.” A town near where the Peene river meets the sea.

(PAY neh MIN deh.)


War equipment that was exclusively inherited by male heirs under medieval German law. Though the concept apparently exists since at least Carolingian times, Heergewäte was first mentioned in the 12th century, then disappeared relatively early from towns and cities but persisted in rural areas until the 17th century.

(HAIR ge vey teh.)

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