Word of the Day: Blitzer
The technical name is Geschwindigkeitsmeßgerät, but for some odd reason most people prefer to say Blitzer. If the name reminds you of the German word for lightning (or even Blitzkrieg), the connection's not too far-fetched: it derives from the orginal camera-based units, which set off a flash (Blitz) when taking a picture. Modern units are based on laser technology, so no telltale flashes any more, but the name persists.
The more popular radio stations (the ones with the gute Laune presenters and the same Hitmusik from the last four decades) like to call them Flitzerblitzer - flitzen means to whizz, to dash. Blitzer can also be used as a verb, as in "ich wurde von der Polizei geblitzt".
Posted at 2007-02-28 08:23:00 in