German Vocabulary: Word of the Day

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German Vocabulary: Word of the Day

Post by Tom Houlihan » Sat Dec 20, 2008 12:27 am

Okay, some of you are aware of the work I've been doing, creating a book for publication. As it stands right now, Kriegsprache ought to be available maybe February? As of today, I'm waiting on something to improve the cover, but textually I'm good to go.

So, that said, I'm gonna start sharing. While maybe I shouldn't start sharing bits from a glossary that hasn't even been published yet, I'm not too worried about it. The way I see it, if someone copies/pastes the "word of the day" every day for the next 30 years, they can have it!

This thread shouldn't require responses, unless you have a question about one of the words.

So, here goes.

Today's word:

Stummel {m} Stump, the nickname for the Sd.Kfz.233 open-topped 6-wheeled armored car with a low velocity 75mm gun, as well as the Sd.Kfz.251/9 halftrack, that had the same gun mounted.
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Post by Tom Houlihan » Sat Dec 20, 2008 9:50 pm

Dauerwurst {f} A type of hard sausage issued in the Eiserne Portion
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Post by Tom Houlihan » Mon Dec 22, 2008 9:52 pm

abgekämpft Literally war-weary, this would refer to a man or unit that has spent too much time on the line without a break
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Post by Tom Houlihan » Tue Dec 23, 2008 12:18 am

Here's Tuesday's word. Too much time shoveling and sleeping to post on Monday!

Panzer Tod {m} Tank Death, a 105mm recoilless antitank weapon that fired a 6-lb round about 500 yards. This weapon had reached the testing stage in early 1945, but was not developed or fielded.
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Post by Tom Houlihan » Wed Dec 24, 2008 3:12 am

kleine Flammenwerfer {m}(Kleif) The backpack, man-portable flamethrower, Model 40
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Post by Tom Houlihan » Fri Dec 26, 2008 12:08 am

Belated entry for the 25th:

Schwebekreisvisier {n} A pivoted ring antiaircraft sight
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Post by Tom Houlihan » Fri Dec 26, 2008 12:09 am

And the entry for the 26th:

Gisela A 1942 contingency plan developed to counter Allied landings on the Mediterranean coast of Spain. Had it been implemented, this would have been aimed at capturing and securing ports and passes in the southern Pyrenees Mountains. In March 1945, this name was used to denote the resumption of nightly nuisance raids against England.
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Re: German Vocabulary: Word of the Day

Post by Moltke d. J. » Fri Jan 09, 2009 9:45 pm

OK Tom ,

what do you mean:
'Kriegssprache' ['Krieg' is Gen.m.], "die Sprache des Krieges", i.e. 'the language of war'
or
'Kriegsprache', that would be rather colloquial?

Other minor things:

abgekämpft - why not simply 'worn out'?

Panzertod - nothing else is allowed by German grammar (see also LdW http://www.lexikon-der-wehrmacht.de/Waf ... anonen.htm, scroll down or search the site)

kleiner Flammenwerfer (as mentioned, m.) [Of course if you would like to introduce it as a noun it would be 'Der kleine Flammenwerfer...']

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Re: German Vocabulary: Word of the Day

Post by HeinrichFrey » Sat Feb 28, 2009 11:20 am

I think the "Reichsfürsorgepflichtverordnung" is unique: Federal Public Assistance Order.
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Post by HeinrichFrey » Sat Apr 25, 2009 3:06 pm

Sorry to abuse Your thread, but it`s nice: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdGwKt0tzgA
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Re: German Vocabulary: Word of the Day

Post by DrStrangelove » Fri May 15, 2009 9:36 am

Tom,

"Hitlersäge" / "Hitlers Saw", was the term, the allied soldiers used to call the german Maschinengewehr 42.

http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maschinengewehr_42

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Re: German Vocabulary: Word of the Day

Post by DrStrangelove » Fri May 15, 2009 9:57 am

Tom,

A "Koffer" was a big load of artillery amunition, (Koffer = Suitcase), fired from a Thor, or an Eisenbahngeschütz, more than 600mm diameter...

http://www.waffenhq.de/panzer/moerser-thor.html


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Re: German Vocabulary: Word of the Day

Post by nczempin » Mon Jun 15, 2009 4:02 am

HeinrichFrey wrote:I think the "Reichsfürsorgepflichtverordnung" is unique: Federal Public Assistance Order.
surely not "Federal"? I think "Reich" is usually left intact in translations into English.

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Re: German Vocabulary: Word of the Day

Post by Howard » Fri Oct 02, 2009 5:32 am

Nczempin,

I think you're absolutely right.
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