11 Bavarian words that can’t be translated into high german

We all know those words that you just can’t explain. Because there is no explanation. Because these words are more of a G’Gefuhl, a G’spur. Words that can already be paraphrased somehow, but could never be clearly translated with a High German word. Here comes the creme de la creme of pendantless Bavarian words.

1. Grattler

A Grattler is a Grattler is not a grumbler. Because unlike the grump, the whole spectrum of a grattler is very difficult to grasp. It reaches from the good-for-nothing over the neglected up to the narrow-minded Assi and is meant thereby somehow however also still a little affectionately. By the way, the word originally comes from"Kratten", which means two-wheeled wagon – the snooty Bavarian used it derogatorily to refer to Tyrolean immigrants who crossed the Alps into Bavaria with nothing but a wagon full of necessities.

Goes well with: Grattler you, miserable!

2. Bazi

Sure, Bazis know who the BBou is. But what else do we know about Bazis? Bazis are rascals, they are crooks. Sometimes they are even villains. Some Bazi may also be a lump. Or a rascal. Because if grandpa calls his little grandson a bazi, then bazi is actually almost a term of endearment.

Goes well with: You old Bazi!

3. shiach

What is clearly an "ugly" for the Austrians means, is for the Bavarian somehow then nevertheless not completely so simple. Because what is ugly, could also be difficult. Or shy. Or even then with a few Hoibe quite sweetly. And how ugly would it actually be, would you then also get fully angry? If the whole thing still doesn’t seem shabby to you now, you have really understood the word.

Goes well with: Shy as the night dark.

4. fei,ge& mei

How you can tell you’ve really arrived in Bavaria? – at least one of the popular Bavarian filler words adorns every second of your sentences. Real Bavarians, on the other hand, wonder when they’re out in the rest of Germany why no one understands it. Because – mei, die san fei scho so schee, ge.

Goes well with: All. Always.

5. Noagerl

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The good old Noagerl is relatively easy to translate, but it simply has no High German equivalent. Whether this is due to the fact that non-Bavarians really always finish their beer, or actually do not know well enough about our drinking culture – we do not know.

Goes well with: Noagerlzuzler.

6. hoaglig

Hoaglig has basically nothing to do with hageln for the time being. To be Hoaglig means to be gnaschig. Fussy. When eating, when choosing a partner, in life. When something is "hoaglig Is, then it is also a delicate, a difficult thing. Synonyms are for example gschleckert or gschnabelt, but also kabisch.

Goes along with: That’s quite a Hoaglige.

7. Stenz

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. and eternally flirts the Stenz. Freely according to the motto "geh Spatzl, schau, wia I schau" (go sparrow, look how I look) the Stenz is a guy of windy elegance, who always looks as if he just got up, but has secretly developed the care of his hair and his shoes to a cultic act – if the modern hipster hasn’t learned something from him. For him, women are his world, and the world of women is at his (polished) feet.

Goes out well withThe eternal stench

8. Gschwerl

Simply explained: A whole group of Latirls, Doldis, Hallodris, Lallis and Gloifl is a Gschwerl. It’s hard to imagine what would happen if another Grattler joined the family!

Goes well with: In the Boazn drives si as whole Gschwerl around!

9. Wolpertinger

If you weren’t afraid of the Wolpertinger as a child in the forest, you’ll never understand all the magic of this creature. Also known as Raurackel, Oibadrischl or Hirschbockbirkfuchsauergans, this strange hybrid creature roams the Bavarian countryside. No one really knows what it is, and what it does there at all. Nevertheless, caution is only advisable as a Prussian: Allegedly, the otherwise peaceful Wolpertinger feeds on Prussian soft skulls.

Goes out with: Beware, the Wolpertinger!

10. Spezl

A Spezl is a friend, that much is clear. But he is a special friend. A special friend. Not a really good one, rather an old acquaintance with whom one likes to have a drink at the regulars’ table. But somehow also more than an acquaintance. A buddy, maybe, but a very familiar buddy. Women, by the way, are supposedly excluded from being a specimen, but we vehemently defend ourselves against that.

Goes well with: Spezlwirtschaft. Or else: Spezl know where the economy is.

11. Tschampsterer

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The Tschampsterer is no Gspusi. He is the cool guy who picks you up with the moped when you are fifteen. He wears leather jacket or is all in jeans, and while his long hair blows in your face in the driving wind, you surely don’t dream of marriage. Because the Tschampsterer is everything, except marriage material.

Goes out with: Hosd etz scho oan Tschampsterer?

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