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Sitt / zɪt /, sometimes also / sɪt /, is an artificial word that, as an adjective , is intended to mean the opposite of thirsty ( i.e. no longer thirsty) . Sitt's invention was the largest and best-known attempt to fill a supposed gap in the German language through a competition. The word has hardly been used so far.

Competition from 1999

Since there has not yet been a common word with this meaning in German , it was selected in 1999 by the Duden editorial team in cooperation with the beverage manufacturer Lipton as part of a competition. More than 100,000 people from different continents took part and submitted 45,000 proposals. The word sitt itself was suggested by 40 senders. The student Jascha Froer from Ludwigsburg was drawn from these 40 sitt senders and named the official award winner.

The word was chosen based on sat , as sat is the opposite of hungry . According to the reasons given by the Duden editorial team, sitt had the advantages of being easy to pronounce and inflectable in German and of not containing a brand name. In addition, it forms a rhyme with satt.

Other suggestions referred to brands ( gecoked , liptoniced ), expanded existing words to include other meanings ( impregnated , soff ), imported from other languages ​​with a different meaning ( thirstbust , cool ), referred to compound (full drunk, anti-thirsty) or contracted ( nimedu for “no longer thirsty”) words or wanted to establish something onomatopoeic ( börps , burps , plopp ).

The word has not established itself in common parlance to this day and is also not listed in common dictionaries. It was used in individual cases, however, sometimes with the indication that it was an artificial word.

Tired than antonym of thirsty in German dictionary to find the Brothers Grimm "someone who's hungry or has thirst quenched, usually related to the former." Even after the usual today understanding is suitable enough as a parent antonym both the concept hungry and the concept thirsty .

Previous suggestions

The competition organized by Duden and Lipton was the second of its kind. In 1993, the Society for German Language had organized a similar competition, but the jury could not agree on any of the 1,000 proposals.

In 1975 there was already in the Welt im Spiegel , a supplement to the satirical magazine pardon that was published at the time , an invented Mr. Schmöll who wanted to use his name as a term for the opposite of thirsty: “Would you like something more to drink?” - “No thanks, I'm schmöll ".

Solution in other languages

The Swedish language knows the word foolish , which literally means "not thirsty". One goes there undurstig ( dricka sig otörstig ) and is sometimes fed and undurstig ( Mätt och otörstig ). Analogous terms exist in the other Scandinavian languages ​​-  Danish utørstig , Norwegian utørst, utyst and Icelandic óþyrstur and Faroese ótystur  - but are rare and often unknown.

In the planned language Esperanto , malsoifa (not thirsty) can be formed as the opposite of soifa (thirsty).


  • Jochen A. Bär: »Sitt« and »fed up«: the influence of iced tea on language. In: The Language Service. 43, pp. 246-248.

Individual evidence

  1. Lars Broder Keil: "Unwords are products of the media and politics": Interview with Horst Dieter Schlosser. In: The world . December 30, 2008 ( )
  2. a b c d Manfred Winter: Sitt and fed! In: Interactive. March 2000, p. 8 ( ).
  3. ↑ Have you had enough? Duden editorial team: "Then you are good". In: The world . October 8, 1999 ( ).
  4. Peter-Arnold Mumm: Retrospectivity in Rigveda: Aorist and Perfect. In: Heinrich Hettrich (Ed.): Indo-European Syntax: Questions and Perspectives. Wiesbaden 2002, p. 165.
  5. Frank Abel: Eisheilige: Why ground frost is like lemon tea. Science Blogs, May 20, 2008.
  6. full 1). In: Jacob Grimm , Wilhelm Grimm (Hrsg.): German dictionary . tape 14 : R - skewness - (VIII). S. Hirzel, Leipzig 1893, Sp. 1812–1813 ( ).
  7. Competition: Sitt und fed. In: Spiegel Online. Retrieved March 4, 2016 .
  8. ( Memento from January 21, 2005 in the Internet Archive )
  9. ótystur in the Wiktionary