Franck Thery
Professional Teacher
Difference dreckig and schmutzig ? thanks :)
Sep 21, 2018 6:52 PM
Answers · 2
In most cases these two words mean exactly the same. "dreckig" has more of a connotation in the sense of morally wrong, mean or of low quality while "schmutzig" at least to my ears refers more to something that is dirty in a physical, often unnatural way. Some collocations prefer either of these words or derived forms. For example: ein dreckiges Lachen = a laughter that conveys little empathy and can be rather condescending Was für ein Dreck! = I really don't like this! (independent of its state of cleanliness) der Dreckskerl = a bad person (often used to talk about former boyfriends ;-)) der Schmutzfink = some one who tends to get himself dirty all the time (often children) even if he is a good person
September 21, 2018
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