What is the etymology of the word "Aufhocker"? Is this word commonly used today? Anything interesting to say about this word?
I never heard the word before, so I had to look it up.
Geist, der dem einsamen Wanderer von hinten auf die Schulter springt, ihn würgt u. niederdrückt
Ghost that jumps on the back/shoulder of a lonely wanderer that strangles him/pushes him down
The word comes from the verb hocken (to crouch/squat/sit). A person who "hocks" can be referred to as a Hocker (although quite unconventional). Together with the word auf (here: on top of something), Aufhocker gets the meaning of "somebody who gets on somebody/something and sits/squats on top of it".