and welcome to our German Word of the Day. This time we’ll take a look at the meaning of
It seems only moderately interesting when you look it up in a dictionary but … it’s a colloquial powerhouse. … whatever that is :).
But before we get to that, let’s take a look at some boring things first. Sounds average?
Mäßig is a combination of the noun das Maß and the super common adjective ending -ig…. and an umlaut. Of course.
Das Maß (pronounced with a loooong a.. like in massaaaaaage) comes from the ancient Indo-European root *med. The original idea of this root is some sort of measuring, and this idea is still visible in all the words that comes from it… sometimes, like for meditate or medium it’s a bit abstract; for other like it’s pretty obvious like for meter, metrics, measure, yard or foot… oh wait, I think the last two actually have nothing to do with measuring …
etymology-wise of course ;)
There is also a verb in that family: messen, which means to measure.
- Ein Einhornoskop misst die Coolheit von Tieren.
- A Unicornoscope measures the coolessity of animals.