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Trantuete

Learn a funny, quirky German word each week with DW's Word of the Week feature. This week: Trantuete.

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A slowpoke, dawdler, stick in the mud - we all have days when we just can't get into gear, some more frequently than others. In German, the appropriate insult for the idler is, admittedly, somewhat graphic and not particularly appetizing. "Trantuete" literally means "bag of whale blubber." That's enough to make anyone pick up the pace a bit.

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