Pseudo Anglicism – A word in a language other than English that appears to be English, but in fact is not. (Quoted from Wiktionary)
You have probably heard/ experienced that there are a lot of English words in the German language. But did you know that there are English words in German which do not have the same meaning as in English?
Check these out:
- Beamer – video projector
- Slip – pants, briefs
- Drive In – Drive-through
- Smoking – dinner jacket
- Handy – mobile phone
- Pullunder – tank top
- Evergreen – golden oldie (often songs)
- Bodybag – messenger bag
- Public viewing – outdoor viewing
and my favourite: Running Dinner – Safari Supper (or progressive dinner in US)
So, now I have to tell you that I’m off to a Running Dinner wearing my Pullunder, Slip and Smoking, while keeping my Handy in my Bodybag; and I will sing an Evergreen during the Public Viewing 😉
Did I miss any? Are there any other good ones?
PS Henning Wehn did a video about Pseudo Angliscim . You can watch it here.