German Word of the Week: Schamgegend

No more meandering essays for the moment. (They’ll be back, though, and that’s both a promise and a threat). It’s time for a new German Word of the Week™*, this blog’s most popular feature.

Schamgegend: literally translated, "shame-area". Is this the run-down part of a city, which locals never show to tourists? Is it the part of your cheeks that turn red when you blush? The part of the brain that regulates embarrassment? Nope.

Need some clues? Think about these two other perfectly respectable German words: Schamhaar (‘shame-hair’) and, er, Schamlippen (‘shame-lips’). If you’ve got a reasonably filthy mind, you’ve alread figured out what a Schamgegend is. Yep, it’s the good old pubic region; that is, where the human naughty bits are located.** I’ll let you figure out Schamlippen for yourselves.

* – I haven’t really trademarked German Word of the Week yet, but that shouldn’t stop you paying me large licensing fees if you wish to refer to it.

** – No, there is no Schamstange (‘shame-rod’). Yet.

7 thoughts on “German Word of the Week: Schamgegend

  1. Are you trying to increase the traffic on your blog?? Don’t forget to tell us how many people dropped onto your page by searching Google for Schamgegend. Or rather Schamhaar and Schamlippen.

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  2. I often heard “Die Scham” used as another word for vulva in German. I never heard it to describe male genitals – although Grimms Etymological dictionary says it was used to describe both male and female genitals: “… und deckten jres vaters scham zu.” (and covered their fathers pudenda (pudenda is used in german in the original meaning “to be ashamed of”))
    Make of that what you will.

    (I love Grimm’s Dictionary )

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  3. Why are people ashamed of genitalia? All tis paradox thinking. Anyone talks about sex but always ultrapolitely abstract…

    There is no shame-rod but a Schambolzen shame-bolt. It can be used as term for penis, a very prude person or to call somenone a dick.
    …the boltthrower becomes a new definition… is the band with that name using this in their lyrics, checking…

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