Monday, March 14, 2011

Sudden German Comprehension

I follow this German blog, Schlaflos in München. When I first subscribed, I had just started learning German and the blog's name meant nothing to me. "Stories in Munich," I figured, and didn't really think about it any more.

Then tonight, internetting in a Starbucks while Forrest does some brewing equipment research, the meaning suddenly hit me. It was actually startling; I exclaimed "Oh!" and Forrest looked up to ask what was wrong. :P

The first half of the word comes from schlafen, "to sleep," and I recognize the second half of the word from kostenlos, "free" (literally "cost-less"). Thus, "Schlaflos in Münich" means "Sleepless in Munich"! I love it when things come together like that.