The search for the most beautiful word in the German language is almost over.
Entries for a competition to unearth the most stunning example - organised by the German language council - have been flooding in.
More than 20,000 words, ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous, have been sent in by email and letter.
German, for example, has a word to describe that niggling melody you just cannot get out of your head - "Ohrwurm", literally "earworm".
"Eisenbahnknoten" is a "knot of rail-lines" or, in other words, a railway junction.
And "Kulturbeutel" - literally culture bag - is the toilet bag used to take toothbrush and shampoo.
Germany's most beautiful word?
Lebenslust - zest for life
Erdbeermund - voluptuous lips
Teufelsbraten - rascal
Wolkenkuckucksheim - cloud cuckoo land
Glueck - happiness
Liebe - love
Mitgefuehl - compassion
Pusteblume - dandelion
Sehnsucht - longing
Vergissmeinnicht - forget-me-not
Source: Deutscher Sprachrat
The Deutscher Sprachrat institution is offering a two-week holiday in Mauritius as first prize.
The entries are being judged by a panel that includes authors, musicians and film-makers, and Volker Finke - described as Germany's most eloquent football manager.
The competition comes at an interesting time for German scholars, with renewed controversy about changes to spelling rules introduced a few years ago, says the BBC's Ray Furlong.
These are widely detested and ignored by the leading newspapers.
So will it be a simple word like "Liebe" - love, or the more involved "Geheimratsecken," which means receding hairline?
Sunday is the deadline for submissions, with the jury expected to make its decision by October.