This is why I love German
After weeks of sunny dryness, the grey pissing rain set in. Überfaultier mode.
Hmm. How can I make an endearing sentiment sound hostile...?
I like that Godzilla (Gojira) is a portmanteau of the Japanese terms for Gorilla (Gorira) and Whale (Kujira). Thus you have the most famous kaju in fiction -- Gorillawhale.
I love that turkey is “threatening chicken.” Makes me think of Foghorn Leghorn.
My Tourettes is awesome in that my swearing often involves the creation of new terms:
Motherfucker Asshole Chunker
I'm gonna name an ice cream flavor after that. (Egg Nog with Dark Chocolate Chips perhaps)
"Ich habe Hosen schmerzen..." Wunderbar!!
Every time I’m angry I wish my german was better.
A lot of these are the same for Swedish, too (wash bear, belt animal, etc). Once you know basic words, you can just smoosh them together. Even if it turns out not to be the right word, Swedes still understand. It ends up making the dialogue in American medical shows dumb in the subtitles, though.
"He has a brain-shake (concussion). It happens when the brain is shaken." (Can't remember a better example, but many scientific terms are similarly simple when they don't rely on Greek or Latin roots).
And just a fun fact, I guess: one of those furry hats with the ear flaps is called a björnfitta (bear cunt), in the right company.
So, pigs seem to be the anchor, the bedrock of the German animal kingdom. Rightly so, a delicious animal. Highly underrated in where I come from.
I make up words all the time. Give me three Long Island Iced Teas and let me chug them. You'll hear words you've never heard before.
Awesome. Just. Awesome.
My Great Grandpa Otto came to America in the 20's. (The Nineteen 20's). Via boat. Via Ellis Island. He learned how to speak English by doing crossword puzzles. He loved to give me a quarter and a windmill cookie whenever I saw him. But my favorite thing about him was that his favorite thing to call things (in a cursing-ish sort of way) was schweinehund. Translation: pig dog.
Thank You Chuck ! I bet your German is better than our English...all the grammar mistakes and glitches in sentence structure me and my friend is doing. By the way, what do you say about our Interpretation "Who is Tyler Durden"? Only here on Substack. Best wishes from "a chosen" Dutch with it's German friend.
My favourite German word is Kartoffelkopf (potato head). And whilst in the UK we say mobile phone, they say 'handy', which I think is quite cute. Favourite made-up Welsh word is popty-ping meaning microwave.
The funniest joke in the world, according to Monty Python used as a weapon in World War II: "Wenn ist das Nunstück git und Slotermeyer? Ja! Beiherhund das Oder die Flipperwaldt gerspurt!" Since this whole joke makes no sense at all, I have to think of another "Klaumauk" = "nonsense", a German movie in which a certain "Nose-Man" prepares to turn out to be a real threat by spelling out insults: "Hund, Rattenfurz, niederstes Gewänz!" = "Dog, Rat Fart, Lowest Gewänz" the word Gewänz is again a new undefinable one.