This edition’s German Word of the Week is straight out of language’s cabinet of curiosities. We Germans hold the English language in such high regard that we took an existing English word, capitalised it (as we tend to do) and gave it a new meaning: Handy. Guessed the meaning yet? Correct –  it is our word for “mobile phone”! Of course, we also have “Mobiltelefon”, but why use it in everyday language when there’s such a …handy! word for the same thing?! For language professionals, especially for any German-English interpreter, Handy is a red flag, but it’s sometimes all too easy to just let it slip through into English in the heat of the moment in those first interpreting classes at uni. Mon Dieu, unthinkable for our French neighbours!

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