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99 ancient and ancient German words for all kinds of spectacles

Here comes the ultimate step up to the feel-good words that I have already presented to you. Let's go one step further. A respectable list for writers who dare to do something. Because language is wealth.

But the handle in Grandpa's moth box not only brings out dusty things, but also those precious things that have been lost to us.

By the way ... The beautiful words are also available to take away, as a book - and now even twice


Yes, the beautiful words still exist. Terms with a special sound. Words that evoke longings and memories in us. The world from then, it is still there. But there is only a breath that wafts over to us with almost faded words. A wonderful harvest of blossoms in book form with the most beautiful words of the German language. Learn more

Why use old words at all that are no longer in use? To set yourself apart, to do something special, something unusual, to surprise readers. These terms are linguistic splash of colorthat, when used in the right place at the right time, function as a condiment. This is how you make your texts richer.

The words can also be used more slenderly in 2019. Most of your readers will not know the words, even if they are a little older. The words were in earlier use and have been forgotten or replaced with other words. A completely normal process that is ongoing, even today, in all living languages.

It all depends on the context of the word

The meaning can often be inferred from the context. Limits cannot always be drawn clearly, and many a word may not be understood. Others, on the other hand, may have been filled with life again. Or have never been completely forgotten in certain German-speaking areas. You should therefore exercise a certain degree of caution when using it.

This is about words that are seldom used or not used at all, but which used to be used. Words that are at least known to old people, but not always either. It cannot be ruled out that you have already read one or the other term. In a historical novel, for example, an ancient newspaper article, book or fantasy epic.

It is not at all easy to say what is actually out of date or is one of the feel-good words that are young at heart or is still in lively use in some circles. So look after me for certain overlaps. That is exactly what you could find in the list of words from the high-level language.

I would like to distinguish between words that designate things that no longer exist in our world. It's less worthwhile because these things no longer exist (rotary dial, transistor radio ...). It is therefore difficult to revive them. At best, it could be used in doses in historical novels or reports. But then there is hardly any other choice. See also:

List of old words that are no longer in use

Fresh to the laudable list of forgotten words in the German language. It was difficult to compile this list precisely because there are so many words that could be used. Therefore, there is only a tiny selection in front of you from the pool of endangered or already submerged words.

  1. affront - to challenge someone, to attack
  2. there - there, there
  3. everywhere - all over
  4. general - over time, little by little
  5. accessible - possible, allowed, permissible
  6. Anfurt - Port
  7. pretentious (make a claim) - offer oneself, commit oneself
  8. transform - take over, take over
  9. Incident - incident
  10. barefoot - barefoot
  11. Butter bird - what is meant is the butterfly
  12. there - at this point, at this place, there, there
  13. for your sake - because of you
  14. derohalben - therefore
  15. there itself - at the place already mentioned, there
  16. honorary - honorable, honorable, respectable
  17. Eidam - Son in law
  18. Honesty - Honesty, mindfulness
  19. disregarded - forego something without doing without something
  20. require - require, have necessary, demand
  21. Ferry - Danger
  22. fatal - tiresome, annoying, boring
  23. forth - from now on always
  24. astonishing - to surprise somebody
  25. fresh on! - Here we go!
  26. for bass - further forward, forward
  27. verily - in fact, really, really
  28. henceforth - in the future, in the future
  29. gallantry - Courtesy, courtesy
  30. Secret artist - magician
  31. certainly - certainly
  32. railroad - hypocritical, bigoted
  33. glowing - slightly shiny, shimmering
  34. of age - Grown up
  35. Hagestolz - Elderly male single, bachelor
  36. half-slaughtered - not clear, fluctuating
  37. Handel - Dispute
  38. Hanswurstiade - antics, jugglery
  39. Helper - elephant
  40. heartfelt - dearly
  41. away - in the future, furthermore, in the future
  42. highly - to a large extent, very
  43. highly (probably) commendable - honorable
  44. courtly - courtly
  45. gracious - graceful, lovely, of angelically delicate beauty
  46. honorable - righteous, honorable and decent
  47. honorable - honorable, honorable
  48. recently - recently, recently
  49. Fighters - Warriors, fighters
  50. to jail - grumble
  51. commodity - comfortable
  52. conjugate - suspect
  53. Amusement - Pastime
  54. easy - effortless
  55. Light moon - was called the full moon
  56. Amusement - amusement, pleasant pastime
  57. Maleficent - Crime, offense, offense
  58. maid - girl, young woman
  59. Mamsell - Household or kitchen help
  60. mime - Actor
  61. Aunt - Aunt
  62. Mummery - Mask parade at Shrovetide
  63. Confinement - childbirth
  64. win - win, win
  65. Uncle - uncle
  66. Pläsanterie - amusement
  67. poodle-mad - cute, cute, cute
  68. wonderful to clean - wondrous, amazing
  69. ridiculous - ridiculous
  70. Gentleness - Meekness
  71. gentle - in a gentle way, carefully
  72. chocolaty - offensive, frivolous
  73. Jewellery - in the sense of decorative; for example a nice dress
  74. Black moon - new moon
  75. crooked - resentful, jealous
  76. slimmer hand - just like that
  77. Purr - small, cheerful story, anecdote
  78. Whistling - crazy idea, crazy idea
  79. purring - weird, funny, fun
  80. sintemal - because, there or especially (conjunction)
  81. spurs - right away
  82. decorate - equip someone
  83. Stutzer - Dandy, dude, snob
  84. Dance floor - Outdoor dance floor
  85. faithful - true, precise
  86. possible - advisable, appropriate
  87. pavement - Sidewalk, sidewalk, footpath - from the French
  88. vaporize - evaporate
  89. forbidding - barricade
  90. damned (the opposite of given) - cursed
  91. disappeared - elapsed
  92. to vex - To deceive
  93. delusional - misshapen, ugly
  94. verily - in fact, really
  95. was - has been
  96. gracious - very, well
  97. at one time - once, in the past
  98. cheap - especially good
  99. laudable - commendable, very respectable
  100. tender - tender feeling
  101. magical - magical, dreamy, enchanting
  102. first of all - first, first and foremost
  103. twofold - twice

A little warning: some things could be interpreted as a mistake, some if you docile instead of docile writes. Not everyone knows that this is also allowed - at least once it was common.

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By the way ... The beautiful words are also available to take away, as a book - and now even twice


Yes, the beautiful words still exist. Terms with a special sound. Words that evoke longings and memories in us. The world from then, it is still there. But there is only a breath that wafts over to us with almost faded words. A wonderful harvest of blossoms in book form with the most beautiful words of the German language. Learn more