The meaning of Torschlusspanik

The meaning of Torschlusspanik

There are words in German, which merely are so unique that they cannot be translated. In this article, you will learn what is the meaning of “Torschlusspanik”. 

The word “Torschlusspanik” is a composed noun which consists of three singles nouns: das Tor (the gate), der Schluss (the end), die Panik (the panic). You might ask yourself now, what Germans would like to tell you with this word and what a gate, an end, and panic can mean together?

g that time is running out for things like career opportunities, marriage and having children.

Well, the answer is easy! It means that one is panic about the fact the gate will be closed soon. The gate can be seen as a metaphor which means, this word describes the fear of missing something because you are running out of time. This could be career opportunities, finding a partner or having children.

For instance: Maik ist schon 40 und hat immer noch keine Frau gefunden, er ist verzweifelt und hat extreme Torschlusspanik.

The word itself has his roots in medieval times. Back then, if you did not make it inside the city wall before the gates were closed, you were exposed to criminals, thieves, and attackers.

Now, that you know what “Torschlusspanik” means, you can surprise your conversation partner the next time it fits the situation.

Bis bald!

Steffie

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