Literally translated, geisterfahrer means “ghost driver.” That’s vaguely unsettling in a Nicolas Cage movie sort of way, but that’s not why we’ve chosen it for this list. No, to learn why this word made the cut for “things we’re glad we, as Americans, never have to say”, you must consider a few things: A) The word is German, so automatically you get the sense of something sinister lurking just beneath the surface, like a troll in the basement of that delightful clock-making house in the Black Forest; B) This is a common enough occurrence in Germany to warrant its own word specifically designed to warn foreigners; and C) Germany is the home of the autobahn, which is the closest any of us will get to Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior in our lifetimes:
Now picture this madness, but with someone driving in the opposite direction into oncoming traffic. On purpose. That’s a geisterfahrer.