When English words are adopted into German, they don’t always retain their original meaning. Perhaps the best-known example of this is the word handy, which means ‘useful’ or ‘convenient’ in English, but has come to mean ‘mobile phone’ in German. In this case, the word has gone from being an adjective in English to a noun in German.
Conversely, words which are nouns in English may come to be used as adjectives in German. In the following tweet, the English noun fame is used as an adjective, even though in standard English the adjective is ‘famous’. Continue reading