Set 58- Five New Words For Dec 28

Theme- Words borrowed from German

1. wunderkind (VOON-duhr-kind, wun-)

MEANING:
noun:
1. A child prodigy.
2. A person who achieves great success early in the career.

USAGE:
“Miguel Angel Sano is the wunderkind, one of the best young players the Dominican Republic has ever produced.”

2. gemutlichkeit (guh-myoot-lish-KYT, -likh-, -MOOT-)

MEANING:
noun: Warm friendliness; comfortableness; coziness.

USAGE:
“The establishment’s gemutlichkeit is fueled by a low-key, funky decor and the friendliness of the staff.”

3. blitzkrieg (BLITS-kreeg)

MEANING:
noun: 1. An intense campaign, for example, an ad blitz. 2. A swift, sudden military attack, especially aerial bombardment.
verb tr.: To attack or destroy in a sudden campaign.

USAGE:
“It was a blitzkrieg of love, an admiration avalanche.”

“It’s an engineering blitzkrieg meant to awe the Chinese people and show off the nation’s new industrial might.”

4. kulturkampf (kool-TOOR-kahmpf)

MEANING:
noun: A cultural conflict, especially one religious in nature.

NOTES:
The original Kulturkampf took place in the 1880s between the German government and the Roman Catholic Church over control of education, laws related to marriage, etc.

USAGE:
“Rabbi Michael Melchior: ‘The settlers have succeeded in making [the withdrawal] a story of Judaism versus emptiness. They have turned it into a Kulturkampf.'”

5. kaffeeklatsch (KAH-fee-klach)

MEANING:
noun: An informal social gathering for coffee and conversation.

USAGE:
“I can always count on my monthly kaffeeklatsches with my fellow scribes to surface the news items that really matter.”

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