Is there a word for when nothing seems to be working properly? For example, my bank account still hasn’t transferred fully, my mobile broadband provider has a problem with my account, a record I bought still hasn’t arrived…

I thought there might be one of those wonderful German words for it, like ‘weltschmerz’ or ‘schadenfreude’. I’m not sure how to search for that – but I found a really old German-word-of-the-week blog instead!

Word of the week from 9 July 2005 is Gürteltier, which means armadillo, or literally ‘belt’ ‘animal’ apparently.

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