Advanced German 3


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Previous advanced German Words of the Day – archived in groups of three.


die Rabenmutter (-mütter)* bad mother, uncaring mother, mother who neglects her children

„Die Blicke der Leute, wenn meine Tochter schrie, gaben mir das Gefühl, eine Rabenmutter zu sein“, sagt sie.
“The way people looked at me when my daughter screamed gave me the feeling I was a bad mother,” she says.
Wenn man sagt, man will beides miteinander vereinen, ist man die Rabenmutter oder die Latte-macchiato-Mutter.
If a woman says she wants to combine both [work and family], she’s a bad mother [“raven mother”] or a “latte macchiato mother.”

*This German term (“raven mother”) comes from the fact that in ancient times it was common belief that ravens often neglected their young. The terms Rabenmutter and Rabenvater date back to the 16th century.

der Rabenvater bad father, uncaring father
die Rabeneltern (pl.) bad parents, uncaring parents
der/die Latte macchiato latte macchiato
rabenschwarz (adj) pitch-black, jet-black, raven-black, coal-black; black (humor, thoughts)
der Rabe (-n, den/dem/des Raben) raven

eingefleischt (adj) confirmed, die-hard, dyed-in-the-wool, full-fledged, inveterate, to the core, through and through; ingrained, deep-rooted

Er ist eingefleischter Junggeselle.
He is a confirmed bachelor.
Viele eingefleischte Vorurteile wird man nicht mehr los.
It’s hard to get rid of many deep-rooted prejudices.

eingefleischte Porsche-Fans die-hard Porsche fans
ein eingefleischter Stadtmensch a city person to the very core/through and through
ein eingefleischter Berliner a full-fledged Berliner, a dyed-in-the-wool Berliner
eine eingefleischte Berlinerin a full-fledged Berliner, a dyed-in-the-wool Berliner (f.)

der Dompteur (-e) animal trainer/tamer, lion tamer

Schock im Hamburger Tierpark Hagenbeck: Bei einer Zirkus-Show ist ein Dompteur nach einem Sturz von drei bengalischen Tigern angegriffen worden.
Shock at Hamburg’s Hagenbeck Zoo: During a circus show, an animal tamer was attacked by three Bengal tigers after a fall.

die Dompteurin animal trainer/tamer (f.)
die Dompteuse animal trainer/tamer (f.)
der Tierbändiger (old) animal tamer
der Tiertrainer animal trainer
der Dresseur trainer (for horses, dogs, elephants)
die Dressur animal training/taming

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