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7 German Words That Perfectly Capture the Feeling of Living in Trump’s America

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When we set out to investigate the German difference that capture what it feels like to be an American vital during the epoch of the Trump administration, we didn’t design there to be so damn many.

Like many of my associate adults who have flocked to therapists’ offices over the past year, fervent to arrange by their mishap at being governed by a narcissistic megalomaniac, we was already wakeful that the stream domestic epoch was doing something bizarre to my psyche. But it can be tough to pin down accurately what these emotions are, if difference for them even exist.

It was one sold moment of schadenfreude (as we laughed at Steve Mnuchin’s wife divulgence her loyal self on social media) that got me wondering: what other gems of the pleasing German denunciation could help me diagnose the rollercoaster of emotions one feels during a standard day in Trump’s America? There’s so much service in having a name for these feelings of fear, paranoia and anger, after all. Here are a few, for starters. 


1. Fernweh 

Fernweh, or “distance pain,” is like the conflicting of homesickness. It’s the feeling of wanting to be elsewhere, anywhere but where you are at this moment. The Fernweh many Americans feel currently is a bit like wanderlust, reduction the glorious and with the combined fear that you may be cruelly judged as an American roving abroad in the time of Trump.

2. Weltschmerz

Weltschmerz translates literally to “world pain,” and child oh boy, does that contend it all. It’s the state of fatigue one feels at the state of the world. Some of us may have felt a consistent state of Weltschmerz given Nov. 9, 2016.

3. Kummerspeck

If your state of Weltschmerz has been really getting to you, it’s probable you’ve put on a few additional pounds of Kummerspeck, or literally, “grief bacon.” Know that you’re at slightest in good company: last year, Barbra Streisand, Judd Apatow and others complained they’d gained a “Trump 10″ in the months following the election. Eat your feelings, indeed. 

4. Kuddelmuddel

This smashing store of syllables evokes chaos or a hopelessly messy, unstructured state. Sounds like the White House as told by Michael Flynn.

5. Fuchsteufelswild

This is a state of unfiltered, primal rage. You may have felt it over the past year while listening to any White House press conference, conference Trump report Haiti, El Salvador and many African nations as “shithole countries,” seeing the boss goblin Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on social media…or really, any time at all. 

6. Fremdschaemen

Ever felt ashamed on interest of a member of the Trump White House? Like the time Kellyanne Conway told Fox viewers to “go buy Ivanka’s stuff”? Or when Trump claimed his coronation debate literally done the clouds partial and the object come out? That’s Fremdschaemen.

7. Backpfeifengesicht

In German, this means “a face that deserves to be punched.” Insert your own fun here.

Liz Posner is a handling editor at AlterNet. Her work has seemed on Forbes.com, Bust, Bustle, Refinery29, and elsewhere. Follow her on Twitter at @elizpos.



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