|English words that originate from the German language:|
Adidas - the sport equipment company
Baumanometer - to measure your blood pressure.
Benzin - Carl Benz, automobile pioneer
Berliner - a pastry named for the German capital city
Bunsen burner - from Robert Bunsen, 1811-99, a German chemist who invented it
Camellia - from Georg Josef Kamel, 1661-1706, a Jesuit missionary (Latinized form of his name Camellus) who introduced it to Europe from the East
Cologne - named for a German city; Kölnisch-Wasser, Cologne, or 4711 (after the Glockengasse address)
Diesel - fuel named for a German scientist
Dobermann - are named after a dog-breeder, Louis v Dobermann
Doppler - A German scientist of the Doppler effect fame
Einsteinium 253 - an element named for physicist Albert Einstein
Fahrenheit - Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit inventer of the Fahrenheit scale for temperature
Freudian slip - Sigmund Freud, Viennese psychotherapist
Gauss - a measuring unit for magnetic force
Geiger counter - from Hans Geiger, 1882-1945, a German physicist and one of its inventors
Gestalt - theory of psychology
Hertz - as in mega hertz - mHz
Köchel/Köchel-Verzeichnis - named for cataloger of Mozart's music
Limburger - a city in Germany and famous for strong cheese!
Lutheran - from Dr. Martin Luther
Mach - Ernst Mach for whom the multiples of the speed of sound are designated
Mendelism - Mendel's law (Gregor Mendel's Vererbungslehre)
Mercedes - the car was named after Mercedes Jellinek
Mesmerize - from Friedrich Anton Mesmer, Austrian physician
Messerschmitt - aircraft named for German aviation pioneer (also briefly produced automobiles)
Möbius (Moebius) strip - named for German mathemetician and scientist August Ferdinand Möbius - Born: 17 Nov 1790 in Schulpforta, Saxony; Died: 26 Sept 1868 in Leipzig, Germany
Mozart-Kugeln - chocolate candy from Salzburg, home of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Ohm - from Georg Simon Ohm (1787-1854), German physicist and formulator of Ohm's law for whom the unit of electrical resistance and the ohmmeter to measure it were named
Petri dish - from Julius R. Petri, a German bacteriologist (1852-1921)
Roentgenstrahlen - (X-rays) und roentgen (to X-ray) are named after Roentgen.
Pinscher - a dog breed possibly named after Pinzgau
Poodle - from pudeln ( I know this isn't a name, but it is a little known fact that they are German dogs, named for their water skills
Porsche - Ferdinand Porsche, automotive pioneer
Rottweiler - after Rottweil, a city in southern Germany
Wagner horn - named for Richard Wagner, composer of operas
Wankel - named for the inventor of the rotary engine
Weimaraner - a dog breed named for the city of Weimar
Werther - candy lozenges
Zeppelin - Great airships named for Graf von Zeppelin
Zinnia - from J. G. Zinn, a German botanist
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