Last Word | May 2017 | Nervenkitzel

To be truly integrated in Vienna there are certain terms no dictionary or Deutschkurs will properly explain.

But you’re no stranger, so here’s this month’s cheat sheet:

 

NERVENKITZEL

 

[ˈnɛʁfn̩ˌkɪtsl̩]

 

lit. “nerve tickle”; an informal German expression denoting the thrill and rush of adrenaline-inducing activities. While anglophones can have their fancies or funny bones tickled, German speakers are content with it being done to their nerves. Not to be confused with Nervensäge (lit. “nerve saw”), an especially irritating person who figuratively saws away at your nerves.

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Binu Starnegg
Manila born, Brooklyn bred and a longtime resident of Vienna, Binu Starnegg is currently managing editor for Metropole, where he completes myriad tasks with style and aplomb. Photo: Visual Hub

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