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Kaffeeklatsch

[KAH-feh-klach]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: German, late 19th century

1.

An informal social gathering at which coffee is served.

2.

Talking or gossip at an informal gathering where coffee is served.

Examples of Kaffeeklatsch in a sentence

"The highlight of the neighborhood meetings was the kaffeeklatsch that always followed."

"My grandmother loved nothing more than a good kaffeeklatsch with her friends."

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About Kaffeeklatsch

Here’s another loanword from German — it translates literally to coffee gossip. Kaffeeklatsch can refer to any social gathering with coffee, or it can describe the actual gossip that tends to occur. Either way, pull up a chair and stay a while.

Did you Know?

The “Coffee Talk” sketch on "Saturday Night Live" in the early 1990s is a perfect example of a kaffeeklatsch. Mike Meyers, playing a stereotypical New York woman, was joined by Madonna and Roseanne Barr for coffee and gossip. As Linda Richman, she would sometimes get “all verklempt” and encourage guests to “talk amongst yourselves.”

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