German word of the day: Fesch

Fesch is written on a blackboard.
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It’s always nice to be nice, so use today’s word of the day to pay someone a compliment - especially if you're in south Germany or Austria.

Trying to win over your secret crush? Impressed by your friend’s new shoes? Simply in the mood to brighten someone’s day? 

Some of the standard German adjectives to describe something that is nice, trendy or attractive include hübsch, attraktiv or schick.

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If you find yourself in the south of Germany or Austria, however, you’ll hear many people using fesch

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Fesch translates into English in multiple ways. It can be used to describe someone who is pretty, someone or something that is trendy or stylish, or even someone who is nice or friendly.

Surprisingly, the word actually comes from the English language. It came into everyday use during the 19th century as a shortened version of fashionable, and has since widened in meaning. 

Example sentences:

Persönlich finde ich das Kleid nicht so fesch.

Personally I don’t think that dress is that stylish.

Was für ein fesches Mädel!

What a pretty girl!

Sei fesch und hilf mir beim Kochen.

Be nice and help me with the cooking.


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