Joining two words = completely new meaning

In German you can join almost every noun with each other, for example, “Buttermesser” (butter knife). But watch out, if you join certain words, you could get a completely new one.
Here are some examples:

  • Handschuh (hand + shoe) = glove :raised_hand_with_fingers_splayed: :mans_shoe: :gloves:
  • Muskelkater (muscle + tomcat) = muscle ache :muscle: :cat2:

Let me know if you can come up with more!


Handschuh is a great word :laughing:

Another compound word I really like is Kühlschrank (cool + cupboard), which means fridge :ice_cube:.

And there are some with the word Zeug (which means thing, stuff) that are also great! Like Flugzeug (flight + thing) = airplane :airplane:, or Feuerzeug (fire + thing) = lighter :fire:

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Hi! The words that I can think of at the moment are related to the names of some animals: :rofl: :rofl:
:turtle: :turtle: “Schildkröte”(shield + toad): turtle
:hippopotamus: :hippopotamus: “Flusspferd” (river+ horse) : hippopotamus
:skunk: :skunk: “Stinkttier” (stink+animal) : skunk