Tuesday, February 17, 2009

German word of the week

This week's German word of the week, courtesy of Deutsche Welle, is:

Tatendrang
Ever wake up one morning with the uncontrollable urge to get something done; run a marathon, climb a mountain or write a novel? In German, this basic drive to accomplish a task is called "Tatendrang" or literally "action urge."
I think I prefer the Google translation of Tatendrang: "Zest for action".

A quick image search for "Tatendrang" gives us this personification of zest for action:


6 comments:

SkylersDad said...

I wake up every morning with an uncontrollable urge! Fortunately for my wife, viewing that photo you included causes the urge to cease...

Wren said...

Oh, that's priceless, Bubs! Right now, my personal Tatendrang tends toward snow shoveling, wood carrying and taking snapshots between bouts of soup-and-bread-making. I'm actually ready for a little rest.

Dino aka Katy said...

That word is being used on a day to day basis. There are lots of cool words in German. Here are some to consider for the next few post
Sehenswuerdigkeiten
Arbeitsmoral
Austellungsstueck
Betaeubungsmittelverscheibungsverordnung
Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz

Gifted Typist said...

Beautiful. And that picture. Zoiks!

Lisa said...

I'm so using that word for evil and not good.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I don't know this word. I am a bad German. Or possibly, just don't have many urges.