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German Words in the English Language #4: Poltergeist

Oct 11, 2021

Poltergeist! ๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿ’ฅ

This German word is used in many languages to describe a ghost or spirit (๐—š๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜) who makes a lot of noise (๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—น๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ป), turns over furniture, and may pinch or bite humans. ๐—ฃ๐—ผ๐—น๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜ therefore means โ€˜noisy or loud ghostโ€™ in English.

A poltergeist is different from a traditional ghost in that it never manifests, canโ€™t be seen or filmed. Its presence is only seen by moving objects or heard by tapping and other noises. The poltergeist activities are normally short and directed at a specific person. Other ghosts are normally connected to specific locations and haunt whoever is there.

Typical ๐—ฃ๐—ผ๐—น๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฎฬˆ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ป are moving objects, turning electronics on and off, scratching, tapping, rumbling, and cold spots. Activities of a higher order are levitation of objects or people, making things disappear and reappear, light phenomena like ball lightning.

A poltergeist is seen as malicious because of the destruction they cause though people normally donโ€™t get hurt. A poltergeist on a ship is called a ๐—ž๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ป.

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