German word of the day: Schusselig

Do you have a tendency to be scatterbrained or maybe slightly clumsy? If so, today's word might come in handy.

German word of the day: Schusselig
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The adjective schusselig can be translated into English in various ways, but essentially can be used to mean 'scatterbrained' or sometimes also 'clumsy'. 

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The word can be used in regard to forgetfulness and memory loss, but is more widely used in a more lighthearted way, for example:

Ich bin Montagmorgens immer etwas schusselig.

I am always a bit all over the place on Monday mornings. 

Everybody has days like that, where they accidentally leave the oven on when they've finished cooking, or forget to lock their car. Some are more prone to it than others though, often locking themselves out of their house or forgetting to take their pills in the morning. 

The word can also be used in the sense of clumsiness, for example:

Ich bin heute etwas schusselig.

I am all fingers and thumbs today.

or, I'm a bit clumsy today.

Here are some other examples using schusselig:

Ja, ich bin ein bisschen schusselig.

Yes, I am a little scatterbrained.

Er ist zwar ab und zu etwas schusselig.

He is a bit absent-minded from time to time. 

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This article was produced independently with support from Lingoda.



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German word of the day: Isso

Perhaps you've seen this word on social media and you're not sure what it means. Let us explain...

German word of the day: Isso

Why do I need to know isso?

Because it’s a nice colloquial expression to use if you’re feeling a little lazy since it combines a few words. It was also one of Germany’s favourite youth words back in 2016, although it’s definitely not particularly cool anymore and is used by all ages

What does it mean?

Isso is derived from the statement: ist so (short for es ist so) meaning ‘it’s like this’ or ‘it is so’ in English. When used as a response to someone’s statement, it usually means you completely agree. A good translation is: ‘right on!’, yes, that’s exactly right!’ or ‘it’s true!’.

You can also use the expression yourself to emphasise your thought. In this case you’d add it on at the end of your sentence. You often find isso used on Twitter, when someone is quoting a Tweet.

It can also be used in a more downbeat form accompanied by the shrugging of your shoulders. In this case you’re saying isso, because it can’t be helped, it’s the way it is. 

Use it like this: 

– Wir müssen gegen steigende Mietpreise in Berlin demonstrieren.

– Isso! 

– We have to protest against rising rents in Berlin. 

– That’s exactly right!

Frauen sind die besten Autofahrer, isso!

Women are the best drivers, it’s true.