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Word of the Week: kalter Kaffee

You’re meeting up with an old friend and she says she has some gossip for you.

“Bill and Maria broke up!” she says, looking for a reaction from you.

You respond, telling her that is kalter Kaffee. In other words, old news.

The German term kalter Kaffee means “cold coffee”, describing a coffee from yesterday - or the day before. But when used as a metaphor, most Germans are not describing their caffeinated beverage. They are describing old news - something that is no longer relevant.

Originally posted by shinola

If you are slow to find out about something and tell your friends about it, they may respond and tell you that they already know, because that’s kalter Kaffee. No one wants to drink a cold coffee - and no one wants to hear old news. So if you have something exciting to share, make sure it’s fresh - not from yesterday.

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Galatasaray say they are in talks to land Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini.
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The Turkish club’s sporting director Cenk Ergun is quoted as saying the Istanbul giants have made an approach for the former Everton man and are already in talks with him. Ergun told Turkish outlet Ajansspor : “Fellaini will leave Manchester United and he is now in our radar. We are in talks with Fellaini. We have made an approach, we are close and if we get Fellaini we will end our pursuit of [Villarreal’s Alfred] N’Diaye”.