German Of The Day: Fabrizieren

That means to fabricate.

The science is settled or something. Or at least that’s what political scientists tell us every day. And it seems to be settled and living comfortably in a nice villa somewhere in southern France.

The study in question was a €2.4 million survey of staffing levels and quality at nearly 100 German psychiatric facilities. Working for TU Dresden’s Association for Knowledge and Technology Transfer (GWT), Wittchen was the principal investigator of the effort, which aimed to examine workloads at the clinics and inform government regulations.

But in February 2019, German media reported allegations, stemming from whistleblowers close to the survey project, that study data had been fabricated. The university launched a formal investigation, led by law professor Hans-Heinrich Trute.

“If these observations were true, they would be within the realm of criminal sanctions.”

Zero The Hero

Or Hero the Zero, if you prefer.

Zero

German of the day: Perfektionismus. That means perfectionism. But what it really means here in Germany these days is something else altogether. The Germans are now perfect at getting everything wrong. The days of German perfectionism are long gone and they are reminded of it daily.

Heroes to zeros: how German perfectionism wrecked its Covid vaccine drive – The same thoroughness that made Angela Merkel’s government a pandemic role model is now holding it back.

This time Angie let Brussels handle the vaccination planning, like a good European. BIG strategic blunder. That blew up in her face big time. But she can never get it right, really. The Germans are damned if they do (as in do it alone), damned if they don’t.

 

German Of The Day: Kehrtwendung

That means doing an about-face. Although not necessarily while saving face.

Merkel

The natives are getting restless. They’re starting to get really pissed off about these ceaseless lockdowns and some are actually daring to raise their voices. German industry and voters are picking up the phones. Elections are approaching. Even Angela Merkel is feeling the heat these days. Hey, it couldn’t have happened to a nicer Empress of Europe.

COVID: Angela Merkel forced to think again on Easter – German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s announcement of a U-turn came less than 48 hours after a decision to send the country into a strict five-day lockdown.

German Of The Day: Gesichtskondom

That means face condom.

German

You know, face mask? I don’t make this up that German allows you to make this stuff up. It’s a popular national pastime.

Pandemic Inspires More Than 1,200 New German Words.

Like English, German also offers the possibility of combining of words, especially nouns. The resulting noun chains in English typically feature spaces or hyphens between the different elements, while German ones normally appear as one word. The German penchant for creating complex compound nouns has long been the stuff of comedy. Mark Twain devotes part of his essay on The Awful German Language to these “curiosities,” and many people are familiar with ones like “der Donaudampfschifffahrtsgesellschaftskapitän” (the Danube Steamship Navigation Company Captain).

 

German Of The Day: Wer ist Schuld?

That means who is guilty, who is responsible?

Vaccines

It started out with not enough Covid vaccines being ordered (Germany left that up to Brussels – big mistake). Now, after proclaiming the efficacy of Covid quick tests to make up for this lack of vaccines, not enough of these were ordered either.

Who is to blame? That’s easy. It’s never Angela Merkel, ever. See the guy up there on the right? That’s her health minister.

Corona-Pandemie – Schnelltest-Chaos spitzt sich zu – Wer ist schuld?

German Of The Day: Trendwende

That means trend reversal. It goes like this: As soon as the numbers of Covid-19 infections clearly begin rising again – and that’s what they’re doing –  the head virologist what’s in charge announces this as great news. That is, he spins it as if the numbers are actually dropping.

Trend

That’s just how virologists work, I guess. If you ever doubted that nobody knows what the hell is going on with this pandemic here in Germany, doubt no more.

In Schottland habe man gesehen, dass der Impfstoff von AstraZeneca das Hospitalisierungsrisiko dramatisch senke. Die Rate sei um 94 Prozent zurückgegangen. „Das ist fantastisch“, sagte Wieler.

First Come The Wooden Skyscrapers

Wood

Then come the wooden cars.

Car

German Greenery marches on.

A skyscraper that would be Europe’s tallest wooden building promises a “social and ecological paradigm shift” in a gentrifying neighborhood — and a test for the city’s affordable housing model.

The 322 foot (98 meter) tower, whose construction was confirmed on Jan. 29 by sustainable developer UTB, the state of Berlin and the borough of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg the will be made largely of wood…

Such a forward-looking approach aligns with the term that often accompanies green building projects in Germany — zukunftsfähig, which means both sustainable and “future-oriented.”

 

German Of The Day: Flockdown

Flock means flake. Like snowflake. Get it?

Snow

Heavy snowstorm pounds Germany, upends travel – A snowstorm and strong winds pounded northern and western Germany on Sunday, forcing trains to cancel trips and leading to hundreds of vehicle crashes. Police said 28 people were injured on icy roads. Climate Change just ain’t what it used to be.

In related news (sort of): Too soon to end German lockdown, says Bavarian leader Soeder.

Deutschland im “Flockdown“: Verkehrchaos auf Autobahnen: “Lage ist katastrophal.”

Merkel Isn’t Merkelchen

Or “little Merkel”. She’s only been gaining weight if anything these days, but that’s getting personal.

Merkel

This guy is. Only he’s not little Merkel either. He’s Merkel’s Mini-Me Man. I know, it’s confusing. Everything in Germany is einfach kompliziert (simply complicated).

Bodo Ramelow, leftwing leader of the German state of Thuringia, stirred nationwide debate after telling Clubhouse users he played Candy Crush during pandemic crisis meetings, and described Chancellor Angela Merkel in one conversation as Merkelchen, or “little Merkel”.

 

Sound Vaguely Familiar?

It should. The powers that be in Germany (the political party powers that be) are threatening to put an unwanted competitor, Alternative for Germany, under surveillance for, well, for being an unwanted competitor.

AfD

Sure, they claim it’s for being the Bad Guy Party, for trivializing Germany’s Nazi past but that’s just vorgeschoben (a pretext). They’re stealing their votes by literally offering German voters an alternative. That’s against German political party line. And just so you know, the evil AfD is the largest opposition party in Germany by far.

But hey, at least half of the citizens of The Banana Republic of America are suspected of being insurrectionists and white supremacists and are under surveillance already so go with the flow, right?

Germany Expected To Put Right-Wing AfD Under Surveillance For Violating Constitution – “This agency has the power — and not only to do surveillance on fringe groups, domestic terrorist threats, but also to keep an eye on any political institution, like a political party.”