Now, there are some German words and phrases that just don’t translate into English, so I have adopted them into the English language 😊. One of them is ‘doppelt gemoppelt’ – I love it! I mean, ‘too much’ is just boring, isn’t it? A friend and I share ‘zackig zackig’ recipes as we both like quick and easy recipes, especially soups that are ‘easy-peasy’ to make and freeze.
Now these are called reduplicative phrases in English and used for emphasis. You may have heard of the following:
“Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty, shall we?”
Topsy-turvy (lacking organisation)
“His office is completely topsy-turvy.”
“He’s hobnobbing with the new neighbours again.”
“Don’t be such an old fuddy-duddy.”
Dilly-dally (waste time)
“Stop dilly-dallying around and get on with it.”
“He did that presentation rather willy-nilly.”
But as I like to keep life simple, my favourite is definitely ‘easy-peasy’😊.