English Words of German Origin

Find the words originating in the German language that have entered the umm.. cultural consciousness of the Anglosphere
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A cultural fad, or quite literally "the spirit of the time" (noun)
Zeitgeist
An clone or body double (noun)
Doppelgänger
In psychology, a form of existential dread. In popular usage, the driving force behind Hot Topic (noun)
Angst
Long, skinny dogs originally bred to hunt badgers (noun)
Dachshund/Weiner
Paranormal prankster or the title of a Spielberg movie (noun)
Poltergeist
A ballroom dance conducted in 3 (noun)
Waltz
To find happiness in another's pain (noun)
Schadenfreude
Dense, dark bread that does not contain the round gourd with a similar name (noun)
Pumpernickel
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Now extinct human relatives named for a German valley (noun)
Neanderthal
A place of cultivating the minds of young children (noun)
Kindergarten
Stereotype of American cuisine, named for a port city in North Germany (noun)
Hamburger
To be an imitation or replacement, especially a cheap or low-quality one (adjective)
Ersatz
The metallic namesake of a Chevy compact now only sold in Brazil, from German for "goblin" (noun)
Cobalt
American Football tactic or London bombing campaign (noun)
Blitz
Tacky or gaudy decoration that you definitely only enjoy ironically (noun)
Kitsch
5 Comments
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Level 61
Jan 21, 2021
It's funny, both the original name for the dog breed and it's common nickname originate from German. Happy coincidence I guess.
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Level 59
Feb 16, 2022
I don't get the hint for "Cobalt".

The second part refers to the word "Kobold", which is in fact the origin of the elements name, but what about that Chevy?

Was there a model of the car that was called "Cobalt"?

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Level 61
Mar 11, 2022
Yes, there was a model of Chevy called the Cobalt. It has been discontinued in the United States, but still is marketed in Brazil.
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Level 76
Feb 16, 2022
The hint for zeitgeist is not accurate. OED gives "The defining spirit or mood of a particular period of history as shown by the ideas and beliefs of the time.", that's not a 'fad'
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Level 66
Feb 16, 2022
Very good. Nominated