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Word of the Week

Stehaufmaennchen

Learn a funny, quirky German word each week with DW's Word of the Week feature. This week: Stehaufmaennchen.

No matter how many times he gets knocked down, he always gets right back up - the "Stehaufmaennchen" is, quite literally, the "little stand-up man." While a low center of gravity is the secret to this toy's buoyancy, real-life "Stehaufmaennchen" come in all shapes, sizes and genders and whether it's being passed over for promotion, watching their partner walk out or burning dinner to a crisp, nothing keeps them down.

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