German word of the day: Die Sturmfrisur

Today’s word of the day may come in handy as the autumn weather arrives.

German word of the day: Die Sturmfrisur
Autumn has arrived in Europe, bringing with it windy weather and ruined hairstyles. Photo: DPA

Have you ever spent ages styling your hair to perfection, only for torrential wind and rain to leave you looking like you’ve just got out of bed?

The German language has a word for this windswept look – die Sturmfrisur

Unlike many unusual German terms, this compound noun translates rather easily into English. 

Der Sturm means ‘storm’, whilst die Frisur means ‘hairstyle’ or ‘hairdo’. When put together, these two words translate as ‘storm hairstyle’.

The term usually refers to hair that looks as though it has been ‘styled’ by the wind rather than by the person themselves.

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It can, however, also be used as a friendly way to mock someone who hasn’t put any effort into their hair.

One of the most famous examples of a Sturmfrisur dates back to 2001 and involves German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Car rental company SIXT gave the politician a windswept hairdo in a bid to encourage customers to tap into their carefree side and rent a Cabrio car. 

Example sentences:

Du hast eine richtige Sturmfrisur. Ist es windig draußen?

Your hair looks rather dishevelled. Is it windy outside?

Henriks Sturmfrisur hat gestern bei der Arbeit für Lacher gesorgt.

Henrik’s windswept hair made everyone at work laugh yesterday.


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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.