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Fun with German, v. 1.3

Sometimes (okay, most times), German delights you with a lengthy word filled with phlegmatic syllables.

And then sometimes, they punt. Tuesday’s sentence: Ich recycle.  Yeah, “I recycle.” Thanks!

But wait! Sometimes there is a soul-destabilizing paradox! Because while the word for “recycle” is just recycle, yesterday’s word for “re-use” is this: wiederverwerten.

Yep, wiederverwerten, (VEE-dehr-fehr-vehr-tehn) — which would make a great name for a rock band, me thinks. (“Fuck yeah! I’m going to see Wie-der-ver-wer-ten’s original lineup, live in Kaiserslautern!”)

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