It occurred to me while typing this (about 6 seconds ago) that someone reading this might think I am making some sort of Top 10 list of words. I have nothing against ranking lists, but I do not make them. It is almost, but not quite the same as cannibalism in that way. I refrain from these activities for different reasons, but you get the idea.
Back on topic, today’s word is ‘gespenst.’ I mentioned in an earlier post that I am very limited in my Japanese language skills. In comparison, I am nearly 100% lacking in comprehension and usage of German. I would not be able to use ‘gespenst’ in a sentence, but I do know what it means: ghost.
Ghosts, as you surely know, are considerably more awesome than you and I. I should not need to explain why, so I won’t. The problem here is that the word ‘ghost’ sounds kind of dull. Say it in German though and everything is better. The ‘s’s, I think, sound more like ‘sh’s, which combined with other consonants sound better than most things. Correct me if I’m wrong on that.
I learned of this amazing word from a Japanese video game, in which it was the name for a type of giant pilot-able robot. It looks like this:
For the rest of you (who probably don’t exist), have a day and enjoy something.
- Die Tageszeitung (TAZ): Hilfe Gespenster. (Help there are Ghosts (in London)) (dzx2.net)
- Why the Japanese Are Bad at Foreign Languages (Part 2) (en.rocketnews24.com)
- Food journal app Burpple hooks up with Instagram, speaks Japanese too (nextlevelofnews.com)
- Infant Communication: Language and Hearing (enfamil.com)
- How to Teach Yourself Japanese (uloop.com)