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Word of the week: verschlimmbessern

Updated: Mar 29, 2020

By Katarina Ristic


(etw. [Akk]) verschlimmbessern

verb: to make something worse with so-called corrections

This colloquialism is used jokingly to refer to moments where you try to improve something like a bad or hopeless situation, but actually unintentionally end up making it worse.

Noun: (die) VerschlimmbesserungIch verschlimmbesserte alles, als ich versuchte, eine Freundin mit Eis zu trösten, weil es wenige Momente später auf den Boden fiel. = I made everything worse when I tried to comfort a friend with ice cream because it fell to the floor a few moments later.

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