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Word of the Day - "der Schnupfen"

A fun look at the meaning of der Schnupfen and other words you need when you have a German cold.


der Schnupfen, die Erkältung, schnauben, der Husten, das Tuch, der Rotz

Word Family

Root: *gel-

The core idea of this root was:

cold, freezing

It’s the origin of many words that are about the idea of cold. 
Also, it’s the origin of Latin  gelare, which meant to freeze, to congeal and which is the origin of words like congeal, glacier and jelly.

Here’s an overview over the relatives in English.

  • cold
  • cool
  • chill
  • congeal
  • gelato
  • gelatine
  • jelly
  • glacier, glacial
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