Thursday, April 12, 2012
K is for KAFFEEKLATSCH
According to Robert Hendrickson's The Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins, the word kaffeeklatsch is used synonymously with 'coffee break'. Klatsch is German for 'good gossip or gabfest', one held over kaffee, or 'coffee'. I suspect my grandfather's German parents, aunts and uncles met regularly for kaffeeklatsch when he was a boy.
These days the strength of my coffee has grown exponentially with my age and no one else in the house likes the stuff besides me. Though it's been over 40 years since I first heard the word kaffeeklatsch, it's amazing the memories this word brought back when I was looking for a 'k' word for today's post.
What word do you remember your parents or grandparents using which reflects your heritage?