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Word of the week: das Versuchskaninchen

Updated: Mar 6, 2021

(das) Versuchskaninchen

noun: (literal) laboratory rabbit; (figurative) guinea pig

Calling someone a Versuchskaninchen is a colloquial way of saying they are a test person: this word can be used in either a positive or a negative manner.

Wir sind keine Versuchskaninchen, wir sind doch Menschen! = We aren’t guinea pigs, we’re humans! [Teacher to pupils] Wer will mein Versuchskaninchen sein? = Who wants to be my guinea pig?

A rabbit. Photo: Joshua Choate via Pixabay


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