Denglish 34: Some German Names for Boys Are Just Awful

Back in 2010, The Wife and I stayed in a hostel in Brooklyn. We rented a private room, which was furnished with 2 rickety bunk beds, a tiny refrigerator and a sickly little houseplant too pathetic to live.

ME: “Our hostel plant needs a name. What should it be?”

THE WIFE: “… Horst.”

(In Germany, apparently, ‘Horst’ is kind of insulting; like naming your child Igby or Gomez.)

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7 thoughts

  1. My wife has said since the “Home Alone” movies came out Kevin is a pretty lame name in Germany, but still used on occasion, and not by English speaking expats.


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