Wicked Word Wednesday: Rathskeller

Because learning new, foreign words is fun!

Greetings logophiles and other creative types!

It’s time for Wicked Word Wednesday, and the Wicked Word is:

raths·kel·ler [\ˈrät-ˌske-lər, ˈrat-, ˈrath-\]

noun

a usually basement tavern or restaurant

Did You Know?

Rathskeller is a product of Germany, deriving from two German nouns: Rat (also spelled Rath in early Modern German), which means “council,” and Keller, which means “cellar.” (Nouns in German are always capitalized.) The etymology reflects the fact that many early rathskellers were located in the basements of “council houses,” which were equivalent to town halls. (The oldest rathskeller found in Germany today is said to date from the first half of the 13th century.) The earliest known use of rathskeller in English dates from 1766, but the word wasn’t commonly used until the 1900s. Although the German word is now spelled Ratskeller, English writers have always preferred the spelling with the “h”-most likely to avoid any association with the word rat. [source]


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You have one week to compose a post based on the Wicked Word.

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BONUS CHALLENGE: 42 words max.

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4 thoughts on “Wicked Word Wednesday: Rathskeller

  1. Not played for ages, but couldn’t resist today. Here’s my entry and it’s 42 too! (@BBWinch)

    There was a bookseller
    Reading a bestseller
    Whilst drinking a glass of port

    He sat on a propeller
    In his dingy rathskeller
    And had a very hairy wart

    I quite liked this bookseller
    Sat in his rathskeller
    So joined him drinking port

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