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Word of the Day: Kuddelmuddel

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Word of the Day: Kuddelmuddel
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This endearing word not only trips off the tongue in a satisfying rhythm but even has an internal rhyme to boot; one to use the next time your bedroom resembles a mountain of clothes.

This funny sounding German word is almost onomatopoeic and refers to a general mess or confusion. It is similar in both the sense of its meaning, and its quirky, homely sound to the English word hodgepodge.

In fact, Kuddelmuddel originally meant ‘dirty linen' and Duden says that is probably derived from a combination of  the Low German verb koddeln, which means to wash clothes carelessly or not sufficiently, and the noun Mudder, which means mud or sludge.

Interestingly, Kuddelmuddel is both a masculine and a neuter noun, so you can use der or das when referring to it to describe the next time you have a situation where everything is jumbled up, or in a mess.
Here is a video where some Germans define Kuddelmuddel:


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