Meaning of Wörter und Sachen in English:

Wörter und Sachen

(also Worter und Sachen)

Pronunciation /ˌvəːtə ʊnt ˈzaxən/


  • A method of research in which the etymology of words and their distribution across dialects is studied in close association with the history and distribution of the things they refer to.


Early 20th century; earliest use found in American Journal of Philology. From German Wörter und Sachen, lit. ‘words and things’ from Wörter, plural of Wort + und + Sachen, plural of Sache thing.