-39- Folterkammer


*UPDATE* – Thanks to yupdiduda for their contribution! It seems as though this word is used in a metaphorical and perhaps tongue-in-cheek sense, rather than being something used as purely a synonym. See this website as an example of how it is used…

Noun. From German.

“A room designed specifically for exercise; a gym room”


You might be thinking, “Hold on, this isn’t as weird as I was expecting, considering your other posts.”

I guess that’s true. However, if you speak German, you’ll see that the literal translation is something a little more sinister; specifically, Folterkammer translates as torture chamber. A Google Image search produces imagery of both descriptions (disclaimer: I warn you that some of the pictures may be a little graphic and I take no responsibility for any long-term damage that may ensue!) but it seems as though the Germans have this one in the bag.

Who’d be silly enough to go to a gym, let alone have a dedicated room in your house as a gym?! =P


3 thoughts on “-39- Folterkammer

  1. yupdiduda

    First, happy to see you back.
    Second, as a native german speaker, I strongly have to disagree. The translation as torture chamber is correct, but the word is not, nor has it ever been used to describe a gym room. There is, of course, the situation that somebody is referring to his training room or gym as a “Folterkammer”, but only to lament about the pain he endured whilst training. Most of the time in a joking, not that honest manner or to get some pity.
    Please, feel free to correct me if I prove wrong.

    • lukeyroo

      Hi yupdiduda,

      Thank you for your comment! Not being a German speaker, it’s nice to have those who do speak it verify and/or challenge the concepts I put on here.

      So what you’re saying is Folterkammer would be used in an almost metaphorical or hyperbolic sense? Thus, it’s not *actually* a torture chamber, but due to the users experience in the gym it almost might as well have been?

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