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Subject: [Leica] A S2 blog entry - linguistic oddities
From: at (Douglas Sharp)
Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2010 11:20:32 +0100
References: <201003151658765.SM00760@> <> <>

Hi Geoff,

Of course the slip is what people still call a petticoat in the UK too 
(posh people sometimes say chemise), but imagine Frauke?s surprise when 
she went into a lingerie store there and asked for some slips and didn't 
get shown the knickers she wanted. Needless to say, she bought a pretty 
slip too :-)

Yes, the Currywurst is an acquired taste and varies very much from city 
to city, many books have been written about its origins and where the 
best ones are to be found - for the uninitiated, the curry part of it is 
usually a chilli ketchup poured hot over the grilled sausage and 
sprinkled with something that calls itself curry powder.

But it's better than Lebanese pizza with rat (insider story).

Beamer only applies to digital projectors (and TV projectors), old slide 
(on real film!) projectors are still called Diaprojektor.


On 15.03.2010 23:52, Geoff Hopkinson wrote:
> I like the German English "beamer" for (slide or video) projector.
> I might also add that Currywurst is the worst curry I have ever tasted. The
> wurst part is fine!
> 'slip' here though is an undergarment (a petticoat) and spas do sometime
> call themselves "wellness" centres, especically when they involve New Age
> treatments.
> Cheers
> Geoff
> On 16 March 2010 08:38, Douglas Sharp< at>  wrote:
>> Doug,
>> the funniest things in German, as you probably know, happen when splitting
>> words at the end of lines whe typing, I've ofet thought of preparing
>> something like that for a radio announcer ofr the like.
>> For instance, there's a rule that says that Sextanten (the plural of
>> sextant) has to be split as Sext-anten to avoid it being read as 
>> Sex-tanten
>> ( a colloquial word for whores).
>> The same applies to Urinsekten (premieval insects) which which suddenly
>> turn into piss-worshippers when written like this Urin-sekten.
>> Quite amusing are things like "rasensprengen" for watering the lawn, which
>> actually could means blowing up the lawn with explosives, or the butterfly
>> known as a Zitronenfalter - a lemon folder - have you ever tried to fold a
>> lemon?
>> In the meantime, the Germans have invented quite a few English words that
>> don't really exist:
>> Handy = mobile phone or cellphone
>> Pullunder = a sleeveless pullover
>> Wellness = spa
>> Claim = slogan
>> Slip = knickers
>> Just to name a few
>> Cheers
>> Douglas
>> On 15.03.2010 21:58, dnygr wrote:
>>> In Germany, I'm always surprised to find a sentence (Satz) at the bottom
>>> of my coffee cup. Trouble is I can never read it. Mark Twain certainly 
>>> had
>>> the German language's number, I'd say. There are times in Germany that
>>> people speak of a train (Zug) being in the room with us, and there 
>>> isn't.??
>>> I'm sure Germans can speak of strange things in English as well.
>>> In humor,
>>> Doug
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