- kaffeeklatsch, kaffee klatsch, coffee-klatsch,
coffee klatsch, coffee
klatch, coffee clutch, klatsch,
- from Kaffeeklatsch "coffee gossip":
informal conversational gathering where coffee is served [< German Kaffee
"coffee" < French café < Italian caffè
< Turkish kahve < Arabic qahwa "coffee,
wine" + Klatsch "gossip, clapping noise" < klatschen
"to gossip, to clap"]. This entry suggested by Wilton Woods.
- "We sat thus for an houran unexpected type of Kaffee
Klatsch for such an outpost of civilization." Theodore Roosevelt,
A Book-Loverís Holidays in the Open,
- "Her clothes always smelled of savory cooking, except
when she was dressed for church or Kaffeeklatsch, and then
she smelled of bay rum or of the lemon-verbena sprig which she tucked
inside her puffy black kid glove." Willa Cather, The Song of the Lark, 1915, p. 171.
- "Mr. Schultz downplays his formidable business skills,
but makes sure to mention his health-care kaffeeklatsch with Bill
Clinton." Andrew Stuttaford, "Food & Drink: Mug's
Game", National Review, Dec. 7, 1998.
- "The oldest coffee-house on the street, Koffee Klatsch
(778 Higuera; 544-1228), has been around for 15 years." David
Lansing, "The new face of San Luis Obispo", Sunset, May 1996.
- "Lazio's ethnic good looks and ready Ultra-Brite smile
could land him in the cast of Friends, but he is far more disciplined
and determined than the coffee-klatsch crowd at Central Perk."
Kate O'Beirne, "New York: The Anti-Hillary Hope - Rick Lazio in
the arena", National Review, Jun. 19, 2000.
- "And while it can reflect the coffee klatsch of the
industry, it often relies on blind items: it was responsible for the
WMA rumors, as well as posting copies of internal e-mails sent by Jim
Wiatt and Dave Wirtschafter to staffers when they each left ICM for
WMA." Marc Graser, "Geek Gab Freaks Film Biz", Variety, Oct. 18, 1999.
- "At one point, an aged white businessmen -- member of an
informal coffee klatch called 'Bubbas in Training' -- casually admits
that he's never thought of the word 'nigger' as demeaning or
offensive." Joe Leydon, "Two Towns Of Jasper", Variety, Jan. 28, 2002.
- from Kaiser "emperor": emperor; title of
the Holy Roman Emperors or the emperors of Austria or Germany until
1918; person who exercises or tries to exercise absolute authority;
autocrat [German < Middle High German keiser < Old High
German keisar < Latin Caesar, related to Greek kaisar].
- "A herd of zebras grazed where once the German kaiser
may have reviewed his troops." Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Lost Continent, 1916, p. 95.
- "To suppose in these days that one has literally to give
all to the poor, or that a starved English prisoner should literally
love his enemy the Kaiser, or that because Christ protested against
the lax marriages of His day therefore two spouses who loathe each
other should be for ever chained in a life servitude and martyrdom --
all these assertions are to travesty His teaching and to take from it
that robust quality of common sense which was its main
characteristic." Arthur Conan Doyle, The Vital Message, 1919, p. 24.
- "Every ascendant monarch in Europe up to the last, aped
Cæsar and called himself Kaiser or Tsar or Imperator or
Kasir-i-Hind." H. G. Wells, The World Set Free, 1914, p. 21.
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roll, kaiser n.
- from Kaisersemmel "kaiser roll": a round,
raised, unsweetened, crusty, yeast roll often sprinkled with poppy or
sesame seeds and used for sandwiches, also called Vienna roll [<
German dialectal Kaisersemmel < German Kaiser
"Kaiser" + German dialectal Semmel
- "She had spent the afternoon in Seneca Falls, at the
Elizabeth Cady Stanton house, and come back with steaks for dinners,
which I had grilledstrip sirloins, very rare, with a thin slice
of raw white onion, in a kaiser roll, with barbecue sauce, and beans
on the sideand we had finished a bottle of Barolo and I was
about to open another." Garrison Keillor, Wobegon Boy, 1997, p. 70.
- "The Judge forgot about his corned beef on kaiser."
John Grisham, The Testament, 1999, p. 361.
- Kapellmeister, Capellmeister n.
- from Kapellmeister "band leader": musical
director in a royal chapel, choir-master [< German Kapelle
"chapel, choir or band that once played in a prince's chapel"
< Middle High German kapelle, kappelle < Old High German
kapella < Middle Latin capella, cappella
"small house of God, small building where the coat of Saint Martin
of Tours was kept, small coat" < cappa "a kind of
head covering, coat with hood" + Meister, see -meister].
- "Her master at Mrs. Lemon's school (close to a county
town with a memorable history that had its relics in church and
castle) was one of those excellent musicians here and there to be
found in our provinces, worthy to compare with many a noted
Kapellmeister in a country which offers more plentiful conditions of
musical celebrity." George Eliot, Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life,
1871, p. 167.
- "And, with the exception of Mr. Paine, we know of no
American hitherto who has shown either the genius or the culture
requisite for writing music in the grand style, although there is some
of the Kapellmeister music, written by our leading organists and
choristers, which deserves honourable mention." John Fiske, The Unseen World, and Other Essays,
1876, p. 266.
- "If without this you have a fancy for quavers and
demi-semi-quavers, practise for yourself and by yourself, and torment
not therewith the Capellmeister Kreisler and others." Henry
Wadsworth Longfellow, Hyperion, p. 161.
- "Humanity may well tremble for the future if again
resounds under this archway the tramp of boots following a march of
Wagner or any other Kapellmeister." Vicente Blasco Ibanez, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
- "This last was sanctified by the spirit of Joseph Haydn,
for so many years Kapellmeister to the Esterhazy family." Henry
J. Coke, Tracks of a Rolling Stone.
- kaput, kaputt
- from kaputt "broken": utterly defeated,
finished, destroyed; hopelessly outmoded [< French capot
"not having made a trick at piquet"].
- "That's right. Broken. It's [the thinking machine] kaput."
Isaac Asimov, I, Robot, 1950, p. 175.
- Kaput!, by Stevan Eldred-Grigg, 2000.
- K-Rations, Kilroy, KP, & Kaputt: One
GI's War, by Henry K. Davis, 1995.
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- karst n., karstic
- from Karst: an irregular limestone region with sinks,
underground streams and caverns.
- "Such regions are said to have a karst topography, a
name derived from a famous cave region along the Adriatic Sea in Italy
and Slovenia." "Cave" Microsoft® Encarta® 96 Encyclopedia.
- "Tourism is the major industry in this area, with
Burren, a unique limestone karst region, being the best-known
feature." "Clare (county, Republic of Ireland)" Microsoft® Encarta® 96 Encyclopedia.
- "So [wild and free] were those who once survived off
this rugged karst landfrom trappers and loggers to farmers
coaxing crops from rocky soil." Lisa Moore LaRoe, "Ozarks
Harmony", National Geographic, Apr. 1998.
- Karst n. (also Kras or Italian Carso)
- a limestone mountain range in eastern Italy, western Croatia
and western Slovenia [< Serbo-Croatian Kras and krs].
- "The Karst, a barren limestone plateau, dominates the
Croatian landscape in some areas; the island of Pag consists almost
entirely of karst terrain." "Croatia" Microsoft® Encarta® 96 Encyclopedia.
- "The Italians fell back, abandoning both Gorizia and the
Karst Plateau." "Italy" Microsoft® Encarta® 96 Encyclopedia.
- "The eastern third of the republic lies within the
Karst, a barren limestone plateau broken by depressions and
ridges." "Slovenia" Microsoft® Encarta® 96 Encyclopedia.
- from Katzenjammer "hangover": hangover;
distress; discordant clamor; made famous by The Katzenjammer Kids, a cartoon strip which was
based on Wilhelm Busch's Max und Moritz from Germany [< German Katze
"cat" + Jammer "wailing, distress"]. See
also to yammer.
- "Bourgeois revolutions like those of the eighteenth
century storm more swiftly from success to success, their dramatic
effects outdo each other, men and things seem set in sparkling
diamonds, ecstasy is the order of the day- but they are short-lived,
soon they have reached their zenith, and a long Katzenjammer
[crapulence] takes hold of society before it learns to assimilate the
results of its storm-and-stress period soberly." Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon, 1852.
- "Alas! as I was to learn at a later period, intellectual
intoxication too, has its katzenjammer." Jack London, John Barleycorn.
v.i., v.t., kibitzer n.
- related to kiebitzen, Kiebitz "kibitz,
kibitzer": to look on and interfere or give unwanted, meddlesome
or intrusive comments, advice or criticism, especially during a card
game; to chat, converse [< Yiddish kibetsn < German kiebitzen
< German thieves' jargon kiebitschen "to examine,
search, look through, go through", influenced by German Kiebitz
"any of several birds called peewits" (imitative)].
- "And while Che and Sunshine stuck their fingers up their
noses and stood there gaping and half the commune seemed to just drop
what they were doing and drift by to scold and kibitz and feature the
way a few nice venison steaks might look sizzling on a grill over a
bed of hot coals, Ronnie tugged at the hide in a blizzard of
flieshe was thinking he might make a doeskin jacket maybe, with
a fringeand Marco bent to sever the thin tegument that held it
all together with the slick glassy edge of his hunting knife."
T.C. Boyle, Drop
City, 2004, p. 58.
- "So I marched myself back into the technician's area,
where the Nordic nurse was already kibitzing with one of the
doctors." Fran Drescher, Cancer Schmancer, 2002, p. 226.
- "I let most of the staff off so they wouldn't kibitz
while I was cooking." Katherine Neville, The Eight, 1995, p. 212.
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- from Kindergarten "kindergarten". A Kindergarten
in German-speaking countries would actually be the equivalent of a
preschool in the U.S. A U.S. kindergarten would be Vorschule
in German. A kindergartner
would be a Kindergartenkind while a kindergarten teacher
would be a Kindergärtner (male) or Kindergärtnerin
(female) [< German Kinder "children" + Garten
- "She graduated, put on a face and started teaching third
grade in the very elementary school she'd attended ten years earlier,
living in her girlhood room in her parents' house like a case of
arrested development, and she was just like her mother everybody said,
because her mother taught kindergarten and wore cute petite-size
pantsuits and mauve blouses with Peter Pan collars and so did
she." T.C. Boyle, Drop
City, 2004, p. 35.
- "Theirs was a quintessentially long affair; they had
known each other since kindergarten and had been dating each other
exclusively since the ninth grade." Robin Cook, Shock, 2001, p. 14.
- "I've heard it said that kindergartners already know how
to sing and dance and paint." Scott Adams, The Joy of Work: Dilbert's Guide to
Finding Happiness at the Expense of Your Co-workers, 1999.
- "McPherson himself always seemed to have a kindergarten
quality about him, and a boundless optimism." Michael Crichton, Terminal Man, 1988, p. 30.
- "I knew I had to tell him that, otherwise I would get a
call from his kindergarten teacher about his uncle the
abortionist." Michael Crichton writing as Jeffery Hudson, A Case of Need, 1968.
- "I haven't been so embarrassed since a very unfortunate
incident in kindergarten, even though Captain Jorgenson acted as if
nothing had happened." Robert A. Heinlein, Starship Troopers, 1959.
- Kindergarten Cop, starring Arnold
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- from Kinderscenen, Kinderszenen "Scenes of
Childhood": set of 13 short piano pieces by Schumann, Opus 15,
composed 1838 [< German Kinder "children" + Scenen,
Szenen "scenes" (Scenen is an older German
- "Then another Schumann, another of his gay ones Kinderscenen."
Roald Dahl, "Edward the Conqueror", Kiss Kiss, 1959, p. 167.
- "Thea studied some of the Kinderszenen with
him, as well as some little sonatas by Mozart and Clementi."
Willa Silbert Cather, The Song of the Lark, 1915, p. 174.
- Schumann: Kinderscenen, Op.15, Brahms:
Variations on a Theme of Schumann.
- Schumann: Kinderszenen Op15.
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- Der Kindestod n.
- from der Kindstod "(the) child death": the
name of the monster in season 2, episode 18 ("Killed by
Death") of the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer [< German Kind
"child" + Tod "death", plötzlicher
Kindstod is the German term for "SIDS, Sudden Infant Death
Syndrome"]. This entry suggested by CauNo.
- kirsch, kirschwasser n.
- from Kirsch, Kirschwasser "cherry brandy":
a dry colorless brandy distilled from the fermented juice of the black
morello cherry, especially in Germany, Switzerland and Alsace, France;
cherry schnapps [< German Kirsche
"cherry" + Wasser "water"]. See also schnapps. This entry suggested by Michael Kiermaier.
- "Kirschwasser, a clear cordial, is often used in
bakeshops and kitchens." Culinary Institute of America, The Professional Chef, 2001, p. 159.
- "In our eight years together we'd had exactly one fight:
something to do with kirschwasser and a cheese fondue." Michael
Chabon, Wonder Boys: A Novel, 1995, p. 226.
- "The Swiss offered cigars, and coffee was brought, along
with small glasses of Kirschwasser." Frederick Forsyth, The Dogs of War, 1982, p. 152.
- "Kirsch or Kirschwasser is made in the Rhine Valley from
black cherries and takes its unique flavoring from the cherry pits and
skins." Christopher Egerton-Thomas, How to Manage a Successful Bar, 1994, p.
- "Teddy glanced at the sideboard and saw that the
princess had put out two chipped crystal glasses and a much depleted
bottle of Kirschwasser from the Black Forest." Barbara
Taylor Bradford, Women in His Life, 1991, p. 277.
- "I bent over and smelled his breath: a strong odor of
kirschwasser was present; the odor of cherries could conceal many
other substances." Quinn Fawcett, Against the Brotherhood: A Mycroft
Holmes Novel, 1998, p. 227.
- "Similarly, the American food writer M F K Fisher
categorises trifles as 'innocent', or made with plain bottled fruit,
and 'not innocent' -- doused with Kirschwasser or brandy." Bee
Wilson, "A trifle guilty: on how teetotallers get drunk on boxing
day", New Statesman, Dec. 17, 2001.
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- from Kitsch "gaudy trash": something
appealing to popular or lowbrow taste [prob. < German dialect kitschen
"to spread, smear, scratch together, slide"].
- "She'd always believed in the kind of probity that comes
of sparseness and the ascetic lifestyle, and she'd kept her Anchorage
apartment free of the clutter and kitsch that dominated her friends'
placesthe soapstone and walrus tusk carvings, the polished
caribou racks, taxidermy displays and native scenes in birchbark
frames, not to mention the stereos and crockpots and closets full of
shoes, handbags, cableknit sweaters and beaded mukluks." T.C.
City, 2004, p. 208.
- "Normal media are distributed far beyond the reaches of
kitsch." Adilkno (Foundation for the Advancement of Illegal
Knowledge), Media Archive, 1998.
- "In all the years that they lived here, the apartment
was never redecorated and the only change was in the quantity of
ornaments and kitsch decorations which gathered here in ever greater
amounts." Steven Kelly, Invisible Architecture.
- "'All yours,' said the mustachioed guard smoothly; he
had definitely not been the oaf that Tunk chewed out about dropping
pieces of kitsch in the corridor." Dafydd ab Hugh, Balance of Power (Star Trek: The Next
- On Kitsch, by Odd Nerdrum, 2001.
- Kitsch: From Education to Public Policy
(Pedagogy and Popular Culture), by Catherine A. Lugg, 1999.
- Amazon.com's Kitsch category
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- klatsch, klatch n.
- See kaffeeklatsch.
- kletterschuh, klett
n. [pl. kletterschuhe,
- from Kletterschuh "climbing shoe": a
lightweight climbing boot [< German klettern "to
climb" + Schuh "shoe"]. This entry suggested by
- "Relying on pitons hand forged by Yvon Chouinard in the
Camp 4 parking lot and Austrian kletterschuhs, Bridwell and his
cohorts practiced a ground-up ethic that outlawed previewing,
hang-dogging, or resting on gear." Peter Potterfield, Over the Top: Humorous Mountaineering
Tales, 2002, p. 91.
- "Yet I continued to hesitate short of the real
plungelearning to climb with rope and piton and carabiner and
the tight-fitting special footgear called kletterschuhe."
David Roberts, True Summit: What Really Happened on the
Legendary Ascent on Annapurna, 2002, p. 39.
- "I did not possess a rope of my own, but a pair of kletterschuhe
or proper climbing shoes were my pride and joy." Anderl Heckmair,
My Life: Eiger North Face, Grand
Jorasses, & Other Adventures, 2002, p. 18.
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- klieg n.
- See klieg light.
- Klieg eye, Klieg's eye n.
- a condition marked by conjunctivitis, edema of the eyelids,
tearing, and photophobia due to exposure to intense lights (Klieg lights), cinema eye.
- klieg light, klieg lamp, klieg
- an intense light used in producing motion pictures, the center
of public attention [< brothers John H. Kliegl (1869-1959) &
Anton Tiberius Kliegl (1872-1927), German-born American lighting
experts. The last letter l of their name apparently became
fused with the word light in the term klieg light.].
- "And even if he were as good as Tiger, he
couldn't/wouldn't handle the klieg lights pouring on his face at all
times." Rick Reilly, Who's Your Caddy?: Looping for the
Great, Near Great, and Reprobates of Golf, 2003, p. 121.
- "The combination of Magellan's rapidly increasing size
and fame's klieg light took its inevitable toll." William J.
Bernstein, The Four Pillars of Investing: Lessons
for Building a Winning Portfolio, 2002, p. 92.
- "He looked around at the photographers, the crowd, the
dazzling kliegs, the long black limousines at the curb, and she could
see that it excited him." Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier &
Clay, 2001, p. 357.
- "I sat on the chair's edge in a soaking sweat, as though
each of my 1,369 bulbs had every one become a klieg light in an
individual setting for a third degree with Ras and Rinehart in
charge." Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man, 1995, p. 13.
- "Klieg lights were turned on for the newsreel
cameras." David McCullough, Truman, 1993, p. 262.
- "He had to let the man from Kentucky make his own
announcement, scheduled for the second day of the convention to give
him one last day in the sunor more properly the klieg
lights." Tom Clancy, Clear and Present Danger, 1990, p. 413.
- "The idea was he would take her in September to
Hollywood and arrange a tryout for her, a bit part in the tennis-match
scene of a motion picture based on a play of hisGolden
Gutsand perhaps even have her double one of its sensational
starlets on the Klieg-struck tennis court." Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita, 1989, p. 276.
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- Klieg's eye n.
- See Klieg eye.
- knackwurst, knockwurst
- from Knackwurst "knackwurst": a short,
thick sausage [< German knacken "to crack or
crackle" + Wurst "sausage"]. See further
example under yodel. See also wurst.
- "But on an older guy, gloominess looks like indigestion.
People think you had too much knockwurst for lunch." Garrison
Keillor, Wobegon Boy, 1997, p. 44.
- "4 fully cooked knockwurst or other mild-flavored
sausage", Carla Waldemar, recipe for "Sauerkraut and Sausage Rolls", "Comforts
from the kitchen", Better Homes & Gardens, Feb. 1996.
- "I had been preparing for publication, a directory, and
in the progress of the work, called upon an honest German up Walnut
street, who was extensively engaged in the manufacture of bratwurst, knackwurst, leber wurst, and sour-krout." Charles Cist, Sketches and statistics of Cincinnati in
1851, 1851, p. iv.
- "The food at Cole's is what in some cities is referred
to as hofbrau-style. You take a tray, and push it down a rail,
ordering items like knockwurst and beans, beef stew, kielbasa,
macaroni and cheese, and turkey drumsticks from the people, behind the
steam tables." Merrill Shindler, "History in the Tasting (Los Angeles
restaurants)", Los Angeles Business Journal, Nov. 6,
- "He had epicanthic folds around his eyes, and thin lips
the color of spoiled knockwurst." Amy Sterling Casil, "Chromosome Circus", Fantasy
& Science Fiction, Jan. 2000.
- Prologue to Maturity: With Charlie and
the Knockwurst Kid: A Novel, by B. William Max, 1989.
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- kobold n.
- from Kobold: a sprite, spirit, brownie or gnome
[German Kobold < Middle High German kóbolt,
kobólt "house spirit"]. See also nickel, quartz.
- "The Rooms were cold, the Hearth was grey:/Asleep in the
ashes the Kobold lay./The Board-Floor creaked,/The Grey-Mouse
squeaked,/And the Kobold dreamed its ear he tweaked." Howard
& Katharine Pyle, The Wonder Clock: Or Four and Twenty
Marvelous Tales, 1887, p. 28.
- "These oppressed yet dreaded fugitives obtained,
naturally enough, the character of the German spirits called Kobold,
from which the English goblin and the Scottish bogle, by some
inversion and alteration of pronunciation, are evidently
derived." Sir Walter Scott, Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft,
1884, p. 103. Goblin does indeed come from Middle High German kobold
by way of Middle English and Middle French gobelin.
- "There was but one picture -- a magazine color-plate of
a steep-roofed village in the Harz Mountains which suggested kobolds
and maidens with golden hair." Sinclair Lewis, Main Street, 1920, p. 117.
- "Oh, no, cried the host, quite humbly, I will gladly
produce everything, only make the accursed kobold creep back into the
sack." Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm, Grimm's Fairy Tales.
- "May it not be a hint that the traditions are akin, of
elfin and kobold races in Europe, and monkeys, actually cognate with
them in Hindustan?" Helene Petrovna Blavatsky, Isis Unveiled: A Master-Key to the
Mysteries of Ancient and Modern Science and Theology, p. 563.
- "The king had seen all kind of gnomes, goblins, and
kobolds at his coronation; but they were quite rectilinear figures,
compared with the insane lawlessness of form in which the Shadows
rejoiced; and the wildest gambols of the former, were orderly dances
of ceremony, beside the apparently aimless and wilful contortions of
figure, and metamorphoses of shape, in which the latter
indulged." George MacDonald, Adela Cathcart, 1864.
- Symphony no 5, Dame Kobold Overture,
composed by Joseph Joachim Raff, 2000.
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- kohlrabi n. [pl. kohlrabies]
- from Kohlrabi: a kind of cabbage with an edible,
bulbous stem that looks somewhat like a turnip [< Italian cavolo
rapa "cole rape" < Latin caulis
"cabbage" + rapa "turnip"].
- "He was growing cabbage, cauliflower, turnips, kohlrabi
and Brussels sprouts, potatoes, onions, peas, lettuce, Early Girl
tomatoes, basil, cucumbers, squash." T.C. Boyle, Drop
City, 2004, p. 88.
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- Kommandant n.
- "commander, commanding officer" [< German Kommandant
< French commandant]. The spelling commandant
comes directly from the French commandant or Spanish and
- from Konzertmeister "concertmaster": leader
of the first violins in a symphony orchestra, usually assistant to the
conductor [< German Konzert < Italian concerto
"concert, agreement, contract" < concertare
"make an agreement or contract" + Meister, see -meister].
- "The Konzert-Meister bows to his friend in the third
row, as he tucks his violin under his chin." Edna Ferber, Fanny Herself, 1917, p. 279.
- "His Concert-Meistership/Was first again." Amy
Lowell, Men, Women and Ghosts.
- kraut n.
- from Kraut "cabbage": sauerkraut.
- kraut, Kraut n.
- from Kraut "cabbage": a usually disparaging
name used for Germans during World War II [< Old High German krut].
- "'A trench,' muttered Lary, turning on his torch. 'We
should've dug a trench.'
'It's raining.' (A violent steady drumming on the canvas [of the
tent].) 'There's an inch of water in here! Your clothes, the socks,
the mess you make! Soaked!'
'Lary, you're such a Kraut.'"
Redmond O'Hanlon, No Mercy: A Journey Into the Heart of
the Congo, 1998, p. 264.
- "... the onions and
green peppers diced for the breakfast omelets, the electric dicer
working like a gem (those crafty Krauts), the Costa Rican coffee
freshly dripped...." Garrison Keillor, "Winthrop Thorpe
Tortuga", The Book of Guys, 1993.
- This Is Kraut Rock, by Brainticket,
Rother and Kahn, 2000.
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- Krieg n.
- "war" [German Krieg "war" <
Middle High German kriec "exertion, effort, endeavor,
trouble, pains, struggle, strain, competition, quarrel, dispute, fight,
combat, (armed) conflict, war" < Old High German chreg
"doggedness, pertinacity, stubbornness, obstinacy"].
- kriegspiel, Kriegspiel, kriegsspiel,
Kriegsspiel n., v.i.
- from Kriegsspiel "war game": chiefly
British, a game for teaching or practicing military tactics using small
figures representing troops, tanks, ships, etc. moved around a large
map of the terrain; a form of chess with an umpire, in which each
player has only limited information about the opponent's moves [<
German Krieg "war" + Spiel "game"]. This entry
suggested by Christiane
- krimmer, crimmer n.
- from Krimmer "Crimean": the lambskin of the
karakul sheep from the Crimean region in central Asia, dressed as a fur
[< German Krim "Crimea"]. This entry suggested by
- Kristallnacht n.
- "night of (broken) glass": the night of Nov. 9,
1938, on which the Nazis coordinated an attack on Jews and their
property in Germany and German-controlled lands, referring to the
broken glass resulting from the destruction [< German Kristall
"crystal" < Middle High German cristalla < Old
High German cristalle < Middle Latin (pl.)
crystalla < Latin crystallus < Greek krýstallos
"ice, mountain crystal" < krýos "icy
coldness, frost" + Nacht "night" < Middle
High German naht < Old High German naht
- "I mean to say, when the Storm Troopers burned down
forty-two of Vienna's forty-three synagogues during Kristallnacht,
Waldheim did wait a whole week before joining the unit." Bill
Bryson, Neither Here Nor There: Travels in
Europe, 1991, p. 264.
- "Three years later came the Kristallnacht, on 9 November
1938, when the Nazis went on a rampage against Jewish property and
desecrated synagogues in Austria and Germany." Hella Pick, Simon Wiesenthal: A Life in Search of
- krone, kr.,
K., k., kn. n.
- from Krone "crown": a former German gold
coin; the former monetary unit or a silver coin of Austria [< Latin
- krummholz n.
- "crooked wood": stunted forest characteristic of
- "As we emerged from a zone of krummholz, the stunted
trees that mark the last gasp of forest at treeline, and stepped onto
the barren roof of Little Haystack we were met by a stiff, sudden
windthe kind that would snatch a hat from your head and fling it
a hundred yards before you could raise a handwhich the mountain
had deflected over us on the sheltered western slopes but which here
was flying unopposed across the summit." Bill
Bryson, A Walk in the Woods, 1997.
- kuchen n. [pl.
- from Kuchen "cake": a kind of German
coffeecake [Old High German kuocho]. See also lebkuchen.
- kultur, Kultur,
- from Kultur "culture": civilization; social
organization; culture emphasizing practical efficiency and individual
subordination to the state; the highly systematized German culture held
to be superior especially by militant Hohenzollern and Nazi expansionists; often used ironically or
in a derogatory sense when referring to imperialism, racism,
chauvinism, authoritarianism, militarism, terrorism, etc.
[< Latin cultur(a) "cultivation, care"].
- "Poison gas was one of the first fruits of Kultur."
"Boys and Girls Can Help", The Review Messenger,
Sebeka and Menahga, MN, Jul. 29, 1998, p. B-22, reprinted from Sep.
- "These were the native guides impressed into the service
of Kultur and upon their poor, bruised bodies Kultur's brand was
revealed in divers cruel wounds and bruises." Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan the Untamed,
- "Blood hatred of everything German had infected all of
Europe and spread to America, where Hollywood produced a string of
hate films such as To Hell with the Kaiser,
Wolves of Kultur, and The Kaiser:
The Beast of Berlin." Kitty Kelley, The Royals.
- "culture battle": the struggle between the Roman
Catholic Church and the German government from 1873 to 1887.
- kümmel n.
- from Kümmel "cumin": a liqueur
flavored with cumin, caraway, anise, etc. [Old High German kumil,
kumin; Latin cuminum "cumin"].
- "artist novel": a Bildungsroman
in which the protagonist becomes an artist, musician or poet.
- Kursaal, kursaal n.
- from Kursaal "cure hall": a public hall or
room for the use of visitors at health resorts or spas in
German-speaking countries, a casino [< German Kur
"cure, (course of) treatment, (medical) care" < Latin cura
+ Saal "hall, large room" < Middle and Old High
German sal "hall, building, temple, church" <
Germanic *salaz, *saliz "one-room house", related to
English salon, saloon]. This entry suggested by Christiane
- "Just before the revolution of 1848, nearly all the
watering-places in the Prusso-Rhenane provinces, and in Bavaria, and
Hesse, Nassau, and Baden, contained Kursaals, where gambling was
openly carried on." Andrew Steinmetz, The Gaming Table: Its Votaries and
Victims, In All Times and Countries, especially in England and in
France, 1870, p. 139. A watering place is (was) a health resort or
spa. Kursaal is used 23 times in this book.
- "Having brought it to a close, he took his way to the
Kursaal. The great German watering-place is one of the prettiest nooks
in Europe, and of a summer evening in the gaming days, five-and-twenty
years ago, it was one of the most brilliant scenes." Henry James,
Confidence, p. 1056.
- "Down the road a piece was a Kursaal, -- whatever that
may be, -- and we joined the human tide to see what sort of enjoyment
it might afford." Mark Twain, A Tramp Abroad, 1879, p. 355.
- "'Yes, said Jill. I heard someone talking about it when
I was dining with the Bedells. It sounded priceless. I had a sort of
idea it was quite small, and had a prince, but it's really quite big,
and it's got a king over it, and they all wear the old picturesque
dress, and the scenery's gorgeous. And, if it was wet, we could go to
the- the- ' 'Kursaal,' said Berry. 'No, not Kursaal. It's like that,
though.' 'Casino?' 'That's it- Casino. And then we could go on to Nice
and Cannes, and- '" Dornford Yates, The Brother of Daphne.
- "Warrington walked by Mrs. Pendennis's donkey, when that
lady went out on her evening excursions; or took carriages for her; or
got 'Galignani' for her; or devised comfortable seats under the
lime-trees for her, when the guests paraded after dinner, and the
Kursaal band at the bath, where our tired friends stopped, performed
their pleasant music under the trees." Robert Burns, The Complete Works of Robert Burns,
1859, p. 181.
- "Remounting after a time, we sped forward, and sighted
in front a dark line, but partially lit up about the flanks, with a
brilliant illumination in the centre, the Kursaal of Mr. Hopkins, the
local Crockford." Sir Richard Francis Burton, The City of the Saints: And, Across the
Rocky Mountains to California, 1862, p. 496.
- Kursaal (Dr. Who Series), Peter
- kvell v.i.
- related to quellen "to spring, gush, well (up),
swell (up)": to be extraordinarily pleased or proud, rejoice [<
Yiddish kveln "to be delighted" < Middle High
German quellen "to well, gush, swell" < Middle
High German quellan].
- "For one thing, they give parents a chance to kvellto
bask in their children's happiness." Anita Diamant, The New Jewish Wedding, Revised, 2001,
- "... they even poke some friends across the aisle, a
couple from Mount Vernon they've just met (the Perls, Sylvia and
Bernie), and these two kvell also to see a tall, goodlooking,
young Jewish lawyer (and single! a match for somebody's daughter!)
suddenly begin to weep upon making contact with a Jewish
airstrip." Philip Roth, Portnoy's Complaint, 1994, p. 244.
- "Mark Rydell (very pre-On Golden Pond) kvells
all the way through lunch: she walks, she talks, she spins great
tales." Julia Phillips, You'll Never Eat Lunch in This Town
Again, 2002, p. 90.
- "She could have said she bought canned tuna on sale at
D'Agostino's and her mother would kvell for hours about what a smart
girl Sara was." Caroline Leavitt, Girls in Trouble, 2003, p. 186.
- "And my proud mom stood on the sidelines and
kvelled." Connie Glaser, What Queen Esther Knew: Business
Strategies from a Biblical Sage, 2003, p. 223.
- "It was a discreet affair held in the pod clubhouse,
where Carol kvelled as though she were the mother, not the
daughter-in-law, of the bride." Paula Marantz Cohen, Jane Austen in Boca: A Novel, 2003, p.
- "Listen to me. I'm kvelling about a
parakeet." F. Paul Wilson, All the Rage (Repairman Jack Novels),
2001, p. 56.
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