“Balls bath.” Pool filled with brightly colored plastic balls.
(BAY leh bodd.)
Schweifen is swooping, as in ballroom dancers shvife around the dance floor. The past tense version of this word is wonderful: schwuften (SHVOOF ten). Ballroom dancers shvoofed around the dance floor.
If you are “swooped out” (ausgeschweift, ow! ss geh shv eye ft) you have run riot, you are decadent, dissipated.
(Shv EYE fen.)
“High animal.” Someone with an important job. Helmut Roewer, for example, the now-retired president of Thuringian Verfassungsschutz from 1994 to 2000. Spiegel-Online says his interests were “Wine, Women and Verfassungsschutz.” Apparently Roewer was difficult to work with or manage. According to the “Wine, Women” article, none of the responsible people can now remember appointing him to his post, and Roewer says he doesn’t recall who handed him the written appointment because he was drunk at the time.
Update on 04 Oct. 2012: Helmut Roewer has written a memoir, and Der Spiegel had to read it. “Roewer, who is considered vain and erratic, sees himself as a mover and a shaker.” Originally, Roewer was a West German lawyer. Spiegel calls his book “280 pages of justifications and assigning blame.”
(HO ess TEER.)