Word of the Day – “das Ziel”

Written By: Emanuel Updated: April 7, 2022

Hello everyone,

and welcome to our German Word of the Day. This time we’ll have a look at the meaning of

das Ziel

 

And this is one of the few examples, where English actually has more words for something than German. Das Ziel is aim, target and goal. And it’s related to neither of them. The origin of goal is a bit in the dark, aim is actually a (very slurred) cousin of estimate, and target is based on an old French word for shield. Hmmm… I wonder if that’s why they didn’t do so well against the French in the 11th century. Like… shouldn’t you try to shoot for NOT the shield?

But anyway, so Ziel is not related to any of its translations. But it does have a couple of relatives in English.

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