Advent Calendar 13 – Riddle Me This

Written By: Emanuel Updated: December 18, 2023

 

“Riddle me this”

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Hello everyone,

and welcome back to the German learning Advent Calendar, the start of the second half :). And behind today’s door is… drumroll

One of my favorite German words

But I’m not just going to tell you what my favorite word is.
Instead, I will ask you why you don’t actually already know it and I’ll explain how you would know it if you ever listened to me,  and I’ll tell you that with the readers of my ex-blog this was much better. And then when you start typing comments, I’ll just say “Oh, whatever, this is ridiculous” and I’ll just leave and go to the pub around the cor… oh… oh wait… this was how I do it in relationships, I mixed that up. Sorry.

But what’s true is that I’m not going to tell you my favorite word right away
Instead, I’ve made it into a little rebus riddle.

If you don’t know what that is… in English I feel like it’s like a play on words but in visual form. The German version is a little different, because it’s not really about one clever twist, but it’s basically guessing a bunch of words, messing around with the letters, and then combining everything into one longer word… and that longer word is going to be one of my favorite words.

Now, let me tell why this is one of my favorite words. This is kind of a hint, as well, so if you don’t want that, skip to the riddle and read it later

The Story/hint

It kind of became one of my favorite words this year actually, because this year, I really started driving. I’ve made got my driver’s license only 2 years ago, but it took me a while to really get going, and this year I did it all pretty much – highways, city traffic, interstate, winding mountain roads, rain, night, rain and fog at night.
The only thing I haven’t done is snow and ice, but that’ll come too.
Anyway, so my favorite word was actually mentioned by the driving teachers in class and during practice and I remembered it this year as I was driving and I was like “Wow, that’s such a cool word.” Because on the one hand it’s about traffic and rules and safety and so on, and at the same time it had an incredibly cozy feeling to it when I was actually “using” it in the car. And it feels like such a German word, too. Like one of those that other languages might lack.

 

Anyway, without further ado, let’s get to the riddle :). One word is REALLY hard, but you might be able to work around it.
Viel Spaß!!

My Favorite Word

A crossed out number means, you have to remove this letter.
A “=” or “->” means that you have to swap these in for the original letter of the part.

** NOTE: I forgot one letter in the third one. It’s “_ _ _ _ e” after the “sch”

 

And, were you able to figure it out :)?

Solution

The solution of this little riddle is Wohlfühlgeschwindigkeit and it means the driving speed at which you still feel comfortable. For a beginner, it’s important to find that and then stick with it on highways and intercity roads. Like… the first time on a highway alone, I felt comfortable at 90 km/h, but VERY uncomfortable at 100. And on the way back I did reach 150 (in Bulgaria) but it felt comfortable then, because the highway was empty, dry and just straight. So the Wohlfühlgeschwindigkeit varies a lot depending on road, weather and how you feel overall, and I really love the word. It gives me a cozy feeling somehow and makes me feel good if I am going 85 while everyone else is going 130. I feel well in that moment, and that’s what matters.

Anyway, that’s it for today.
Let me know in the comments how if you have a word like that in your language or how you’d express it.
Have a great day and bis morgen :)

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