- from the Austrian village of Hallstatt "salt
place": relating to an early stage of the Iron Age in central and
western Europe and the Balkans.
- "The knowledge of iron as well as bronze in Europe,
centres around the area occupied by the Alpines in the eastern Alps
and its earliest phase is known as the Hallstatt culture, from a
little town in the Tyrol where it was first discovered." Madison
of the Great Race, Or, The Racial Basis of European History, 1916.
Hallstatt is not in the modern-day Austrian province of Tyrol but
rather in the province of Upper Austria.
- hamburger, burger, -burger, hamburg n.
- from Hamburger "of Hamburg": (uncooked)
ground beef; (cooked) Hamburg steak;
ground-beef patty sandwich. The hamburger on a bun was invented in
America, but the hamburger patty was brought to America by German
immigrants, who called it Hamburger. Interestingly the
hamburger patty is no longer called Hamburger in Germany but
rather Frikadelle, Frikandelle or Bulette, originally
Italian and French words. And a hamburger on a bun in Germany is called
a Hamburger, just like almost everywhere else in the world,
being a re-import from America.
- "You would have thought he'd shot Bambi or
something the way some of the chicks carried on, and Merry was the
worstor no, Verbie, Verbie was even worse than that, as if she
hadn't spent the first eighteen years of her life cruising the meat
department at the supermarket and gorging on fifteen-cent burgers and
pepperoni pizza like every other teenager in America." T.C.
City, 2004, p. 57.
- "A week before Christmas 1992 Lauren Beth Rudolph ate a
cheeseburger from a Jack in the Box restaurant in California."
Jennifer Ackerman, "Food: How Safe?" National Geographic, May 2002, p. 15.
- "The diet sheet that had been sent by the Smeltings
school nurse had been taped to the fridge, which had been emptied of
all Dudley's favourite things fizzy drinks and cakes, chocolate
bars and burgers and filled instead with fruits and vegetables
and the sorts of things that Uncle Vernon called 'rabbit food'."
J. K. Rowling, Harry
Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4), 2000, p. 30.
- "IS HAMBURGER MEAT MADE OUT OF PEOPLE
FROM HAMBURG?" Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes comic strip, Oct. 22,
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- Hamburg steak, hamburger steak n.
- ground beef patty, Salisbury steak.
- hamster n.
- from Hamster "hamster": a short-tailed,
stout-bodied, burrowing rodent of the subfamily Cricetinae native to
Europe and Asia and having large cheek pouches in which it carries
food; the species used as a pet or laboratory animal is the golden or
Syrian hamster (Mesocricetus auratus); the fur of this animal;
[computers] a tailless or cordless mouse (input device) [< German
< Middle High German hamastra < Old High German hamastro,
hamustro "corn-weevil" < Old Saxon hamstra
"weevil" < Slavic, related to Old Russian chomestoru
"hamster", related to Avestan hamaEstar
"oppressor"]. This entry suggested by Jens Schlatter.
"At birth, the dog's brain reaches approximately 8% of its mature
weight, the hamster 8%, the rat 15%, the mouse 22%, humans 24%, and
the monkey 60% (Himwich, 1973~)." National Academy Press, Pesticides
in the Diets of Infants and Children, 1993.
- "'Can we get a bunny?' she asked. 'No.' 'I'd take care
of it.' 'You have a hamster.'" David Carkeet, The
Error of Our Ways: A Novel, 1997.
- "The imagination of children never fails to stagger me.
Once they put a hamster on my chest, and when I bolted upright (my
throat muscles paralyzed with fright) they asked, 'Do you have any
alcohol for the chemistry set?'" Erma Bombeck, Forever,
Erma: Best-Loved Writing from America's Favorite Humorist, 2000.
- "He is a gentleman of limitless patience who sits like a
large hamster in a nest of papers." Quentin Crisp, Resident
Alien: The New York Diaries, 1998.
- "In our family even the hamster was thin." Sarah
My Skin: A Hannah Wolfe Mystery.
Did You Have to Get a Divorce? and When Can I Get a Hamster?: A Guide
to Parenting Through Divorce, by Anthony E. Wolf, 1998.
Pet Care Guides for Kids: Hamster, by Mark Evans & Roger A. Caras,
in a Handbasket (Animal Ark, 16), by Ben M. Baglio & Shelagh
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- Die Hand
die Verletzt n.
- from Die Hand die Verletzt "The hand that
harms": the title of season
2, episode 14 of the TV series The X-Files [< German die
definite article + Hand "hand" + die relative
pronoun + verletzen "to harm"]. This entry suggested
- hasenpfeffer, hassenpfeffer
- from Hasenpfeffer "peppered hare, also slang for
rabbit droppings": jugged hare, a stew of marinated rabbit meat, a
dish Elmer Fudd was always trying to make Bugs Bunny into. The Pfeffer
probably doesn't refer to pepper, although peppercorns can be used in
the marinade, but rather to the chopped meat or the blood used to
thicken the sauce. [< German Hase "hare",
colloquial "rabbit" + Pfeffer "pepper"].
This entry suggested by Laura L. B.
Schulz. Thanks also to Sigi Rabenstein and
Ulrich Wolff. See also Pez.
- "Burch even shares some of his favorite game
recipesincluding such classics as Hasenpfeffer and Brunswick
stew." from the dust jacket of Field Dressing and Butchering Rabbits,
Squirrels, and Other Small Game: Step-By-Step Instructions, from Field
to Table, by Monte Burch, 2001.
- "... since I didn't teach then, but the Greytons had
brought by a couple of rabbits, and that was Marygay's specialty,
hassenpfeffer." Joe Haldeman, Forever Free, 2000, p. 11.
- "Peter had an ambition to become as rich as his
neighbor, Hugo Heffelbauer, who smoked a meerschaum
pipe three feet long and had wiener
schnitzel and hassenpfeffer for dinner every day in the week." O.
Henry, 41 Stories by O. Henry, 1991, p. 236.
- "When Fritz came home in the early blue twilight the
snow was flying faster, Mrs. Kohler was cooking Hasenpfeffer in the
kitchen, and the professor was seated at the piano, playing the Gluck,
which he knew by heart." Willa Cather, The Song of the Lark, 1915, p. 73.
- "'Schlemiel, schlimazel, Hasenpfeffer Incorporated!'
Tonight on ABC, Laverne & Shirley: Together Again. Bring Squiggy,
por favor. [WABC, 7, 8 p.m.]", Jason Gay, "Jerry Nachman
Roars Back With MSNBC", The New York Observer, May 6, 2002. The
quote is the opening lines of the theme song to the TV show Laverne
and Shirley. The first two words are Yiddish, not German.
- "The audience also follows [Israeli Prime Minister
Ariel] Sharon into the kitchen where, in the series premiere, he
shares his recipes for beef Wellington, autumn squash polenta and his
signature dish, Mediterranean hasenpfeffer." Ashwini K. Chhabra,
"Must-see TV", salon.com, Sep. 13, 2002.
- "Hasenpfeffer of Rabbit, Grain Mustard Spaetzle, Sweet
and Sour Red Cabbage and Dill Oil $28", menu of the Zealous
restaurant in Chicago, Winter 2002, p. 8. Of course, Hasenpfeffer
of Rabbit is redundant. Spaetzle is a side dish made of wheat
flour that comes from the Swabian region of Germany. It literally
means "little sparrows".
n. [pl. hausfraus,
- from Hausfrau "house wife, house woman":
housewife. See also Bauhaus, Frau and Gasthaus.
- "There's the insecure self-doubter, the self-described
'genius' and the cake-baking hausfrau [Roseanne Barr]", James
Poniewozik, "A Rose Without Thorns?" Time,
Aug. 4, 2003, p. 61.
- "He saw a face whose mild blue eyes and undetermined
mouth he still swore by as the standard by which to try all her
inferior sisters, and a figure whose growing embonpoint
yearly approached the outline of his ideal hausfrau." J. Storer
Bunker, 1905, p. 8.
- "Civilisation has done away with curl-papers, yet at
that hour the soul of the Hausfrau is as tightly screwed up in them as
was ever her grandmother's hair; and though my body comes down
mechanically, having been trained that way by punctual parents, my
soul never thinks of beginning to wake up for other people till
lunch-time, and never does so completely till it has been taken out of
doors and aired in the sunshine." Elizabeth von Arnim (Marie
Annette Beauchamp), Elizabeth
and her German Garden.
- "And the German Hausfrau, once so innocently consecrated
to Kirche, Küche und Kinder, is going the same way." H.L.
Defense of Women, 1922. Kirche, Küche und Kinder means
"church, kitchen and children".
Heimlich maneuver n.
- from heimlich "familiar, confidential,
secret": named for Henry Jay Heimlich (1920- ) American surgeon, a
firm embrace with clasped hands just below the rib cage, applied from
behind to force an object from the trachea of a choking person [<
Middle High German heimlich, heimelich "familiar"
< Old High German heimilich "of the home,
familiar" < Old High German heim "home"].
- heinie, Heinie,
- from Hein, Heine, diminutive of Heinrich
"Henry": [Slang] a German (soldier): term of contempt used
especially in World War I (not related to heinie meaning
- "...so we'd keep clipping him until we had him cut right
down to the stubble, pretty much, kind of a dog heinie." Garrison
Keillor, "Tomato Butt" News
from Lake Wobegon: Summer, 1987.
- Herr, Mein n.
- See Mein Herr.
- Herrenvolk, herrenvolk n.
- from Herrenvolk "master race": the German
nation characterized by the Nazis as born to mastery; a group regarding
itself as naturally superior [< German Herr "lord,
master, Mr." + Volk "folk, people, race,
nation"]. This entry suggested by CauNo. See also Mein Herr.
- hertz, Hz
n. [pl. hertz, hertzes]
- from Hertz "hertz": a unit of frequency
equal to one cycle per second, named for Heinrich Rudolph Hertz,
1857-1894, German physicist [< German Hertz, Herz
"heart" < Middle High German herz, herze < Old
High German herza; or the name Hertz, Herz related to
German Hirsch "deer" < Middle High German hirz
< Old High German hirz, hiruz "antlered animal"].
This entry suggested by Wilton
- hinterland n.
- from Hinterland "hinder land": inland or
- "They showed up at the last minute, shuffling around in
the dirt, hands going in and out of their pockets and their eyes
locking on every face as if they were equipped with built-in lasers,
and announced they were coming along for the ride even if they didn't
think they'd make it all the way up to the frozen hinterlands, because
it was a free country, wasn't it?" T.C. Boyle, Drop
City, 2004, p. 115.
- "The ruses that are used to lure and retain the workers
from desperately poor hinterlands of neighboring countries like Mali
and Burkina Faso are just as tried and true." Howard W. French,
"On Ivory Coast Farms, Echoes of Slavery" International
Herald Tribune, June 24, 1998, p. 8.
- "Your idea of the best in music includes a bunch of
hinterland artists with minimal, perhaps questionable, talent."
Carl Widing, in a letter to Time,
Jan. 20, 1997, p. 5.
- hopfgeist n.
- from Hopfen + Geist "hops + ghost, spirit":
no doubt made up by the author of the following example. See also poltergeist, zeitgeist.
- "There's a smoking-tavern called the Half-way House. The
hopfgeist is friendly." Iain M. Banks, Feersum Endjinn, 1994, p. 78.
- hornblende n.
- from Horn "horn" + blenden
"to blind": a certain mineral. See also blende.
- hornfels, hornfelz n.
- from Hornfels "horn rock": a fine-grained
rock produced by the action of heat especially on slate.
- "'And the thump it made coming downtons and tons
of skarn and hornfelsset off another [cave-in], deeper
in.'" Stephen King, Desperation,
1996, p. 422.
- howitzer, hauwitzer n.
- from Haubitze "howitzer": cannon with
medium-length barrel and high angle of fire [< Dutch houwitser,
houvietser < German Haubitze < Middle High German haufnitz
< Czech houfnice "catapult, slingshot, sling"].
- "On the stroke of 8:00 A.M. the
air was suddenly filled with the whistle of shells, the echo of their
detonation, the deeper boom of the howitzers and the muffled roar of
the heavies." Eloise Engle & Lauri Paananen, The Winter War: The Soviet Attack on
Finland 1939-1940, 1973, p. 15.
- "They had found several Krupp howitzers left over from
the Bulgarian war and had installed them on concrete
foundations." Henry Morgenthau, Ambassador Morgenthau's Story, 2000.
- "Look! you can see from this window my brazen howitzer
planted/High on the roof of the church, a preacher who speaks to the
purpose,/Steady, straightforward, and strong, with irresistible
logic,/Orthodox, flashing conviction right into the hearts of the
heathen." Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Courtship of Miles Standish and
Other Poems, 1858.
- "The barbers snatched steaming towels from a machine
like a howitzer of polished nickel and disdainfully flung them away
after a secondís use." Sinclair Lewis, Babbitt, 1912.
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