German-English Translation Blog
Sunday, March 14, 2010 04:00 pm

Honigkuchenpferd (“Honey Cake Horse”)


I recently came across this word again, which according to most dictionaries
means “to grin like a Cheshire cat.” Having always wondered about the
etymology of this word, I asked a relative from Northern Germany how
“honey cake horse” came to be associated with smiling. She said it must
be a Bavarian word. I hadn’t realized that honey cake is a type of gingerbread. The
Wikipedia explains that honey cake was the forerunner of today’s Lebkuchen and that
“its history can be traced back to the Egyptians, the Greeks, and the Romans. They
believed that honey, the only sweetener widely available to them, was a gift of the deities and
had magical and healing powers. Honey cakes were also worn as a talisman in battle or as
protection against evil spirits.” Teutonic peoples used honey cakes for the same purpose especially around the winter solstice, which might be the reason Lebkuchen became
associated with Christmas. Next time I come across the word, I will think of the
rocking-horse-shaped gingerbread cookie with its big frosty smile.

German-English Translation Blog
Monday, November 25, 2013 11:04 am

Thomas Koch AKA DJ T.: The Berlin DJ’s Top 10 Tracks

We recently translated a list of DJ T.’s all-time top 10 favorite tracks. Check it out here. While I was familiar with the American artists he cites, I discovered a great Italo-disco track I hadn't heard before: “Spacer Woman” (1983) by Charlie.

German-English Translation Blog
Thursday, January 30, 2014 10:13 am

German-English Exchange: Hamburg in Austin during SXSW 2014

Germany’s music capital and Europe’s marketplace for the creative industries is visiting the live music capital of the world during SXSW 2014.

German-English Translation Blog
Sunday, February 17, 2013 06:41 am

Berlin’s Startup Scene Is Growing

Berlin’s startup scene is growing, but only 3 percent of Berlin’s entrepreneurs are female.
Click here to read the article that originally appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle.


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