[ German Words In The American Language ]

English has borrowed many words from German. Some of those words have become a natural part of everyday English vocabulary, while others are primarily intellectual, literary, and scientific or used in special areas. Some of these German words are used in English because there is no true English equivalent:

Most of the words listed below, have become quite common in the American English Language. In some areas they are now considered part of the American language.

Angst
Bratwurst
Dummkopf
Fahrvergnügen
Gestalt
Hamburger
Hinterland
Kindergarten
Liederkranz
Noodle
Plunder

Prosit
Sauerkraut
Spritz
Torte
Wanderlust
Wiener
Yodel

Beergarden
Concertmaster
Edelweiss
Flak
Gesundheit
Hausfrau
Iceberg
Leitmotiv
Meerschaum
Ohm
Poltergeist
Rathkeller
Schadenfreude

Stein
Verboten
Weltanschauung
Wunderbar
Zeitgeist

Blitzkrieg
Cookbook
Ersatz
Gemütlich

Glockenspiel
Heldentor
Kaputt
Lied
Misch-Masch
Ostpolitik
Pretzel
Rucksack
Spiel
Streusel
Waltz
Weltschmerz
Wunderkind
Zig-Zag

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