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#794433 - 11/28/12 03:21 PM German Words Which Have Crossed Into English
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The holiday season is beginning, a time of "Gemuetlichkeit", a happy, warm and peaceful time.

And a word which can take many forms throughout the year.

"Gemuetlich" and "Kindergarten" are equally at home in English and German, and many other words have traveled from Germany across the world and have been so well absorbed into English their origins, and sometimes the original meaning, are long forgotten.

German Words Used in English



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#794438 - 11/28/12 04:03 PM Re: German Words Which Have Crossed Into English [Re: Francine - German Culture]
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What about Gesundheit? I don't hear it in England, but in America it was commonly said when someone sneezed. I know our family did - no German connection.
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#794513 - 11/28/12 09:35 PM Re: German Words Which Have Crossed Into English [Re: Mona - Astronomy]
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You are absolutely right of course Mona, Gesundheit is a great example. Just sort of ran out of space really, already vastly overrun so collecting disapproving guidance memos, otherwise it certainly deserved to be in there.

Still always say "Bless You", which of course means the poor German in receipt of the "blessing" virtually always looks as if I have finally freaked. The few times I tried to explain about the old belief that the devil entered during a sneeze did not improve things.

Oh well lets look on the positive side, at least it is a reaction from their side, positive or not.

Thanks for the idea Mona and the feedback.

Francine

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#794516 - 11/28/12 10:20 PM Re: German Words Which Have Crossed Into English [Re: Francine - German Culture]
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You could save up any examples that you come across. There might be another article in it one day!
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#794536 - 11/29/12 12:30 AM Re: German Words Which Have Crossed Into English [Re: Francine - German Culture]
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Francine, I don't know many words that are used in both cultures but I was wondering if people over there still said," Ein Prosit und Gem�tlichkeit ?? We used that a lot years ago. In any case, Frohe Weinachten Francine!

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#794537 - 11/29/12 12:46 AM Re: German Words Which Have Crossed Into English [Re: Francine - German Culture]
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Hi Francine,

What about cooking terms and names of dishes etc? Schnitzel? Eisbein? Kasler? Brockwurst etc? I know they are just names but, well I suppose I could order crumbed veal slices or pork or chicken .... it's just easier to say Schnitzel please.

I love 'German' foods so before I get too hungry I had better go...

Cheers
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#794820 - 12/01/12 11:51 AM Re: German Words Which Have Crossed Into English [Re: Mona - Astronomy]
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Will do that Mona, thanks for the idea.

Am always scrambling about in a mad panic trying to think of the next topic that might be of interest to folks other than me.

As a Gemini I have a "dustbin" mind which simply collects things, others put it more politely to save my feelings, but it does mean what I find fascinating the poor people who have to read about it must often think "Hello-What?"

Thanks again Mona.

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#794823 - 12/01/12 12:15 PM Re: German Words Which Have Crossed Into English [Re: ancientflaxman]
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Hi Dave, Super to hear from you. Have not heard "Ein Prosit und Gem�tlichkeit" being said as such.......but that is probably just me, however here is something for you:

Ein Prosit und Gemuetlichkeit?

Hope you enjoy it and perhaps it will bring back some fun memories.

And "Frohe Weinachten" to you too, and your family. I just love Advent don't you? Gluehwein, Roasted Almonds and the smell of pine, for some a religious festival for others - not, but nevertheless it all seems to brighten up a dark winter month.

Thank you for your feedback Dave.

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#794825 - 12/01/12 12:29 PM Re: German Words Which Have Crossed Into English [Re: Lestie - ContainerGardens]
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Cooking terms and German dishes is a fun idea Lestie, and you are right crumbed veal slices please, I don't think so.

Will definitely do an article on the topic, and will enjoy it.

Well apart from the "Eisbein" part.

It was given me as a 'special favor' just before the end of East Germany's existence. We were there for work, it was a luxury served to us as guests by a wonderful old lady who took us in from the rain, and heaven knows how she had found several as they were hard to come by there.

But I was two months away from producing my youngest son, huge and really off anything even vaguely 'meaty', so each mouthful was torture, but obviously could not 'not' eat it.

Have always remembered the old lady with great affection, almost ninety at the time, but have never eaten Eisbein again. smile

Thanks for the thought, and bringing back a super memory, Lestie.



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#794835 - 12/01/12 04:45 PM Re: German Words Which Have Crossed Into English [Re: Francine - German Culture]
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Francine, I know that the correct phrasing is Ein Prosit der gemutlichkeit however I learned it as Ein Prosit und Gemutlichkeit. Its just like the phrase,"was has du gesagt?" I learned it simply as, was ist gesagt?" which probably also is grammatically incorrect. Years back I took a refresher course in German with a lady from Gorlitz. When I spoke she would look at me at times like I had just made up my own language. It is how I learned it. No too long ago we had a Berliner exchange student stay with us over Christmas. He spoke English better than I did!! When we tried to engage in total immersion of German conversation we were able to communicate fairly well except for times when he too would give me a look again like I was from another planet. I asked him," Was ist?" (whats up?) He told me that my German sounds like his Grandparents. The old language. That makes sense as I learned my Grandparents tongue. All languages change and we have to go with it, I guess?

Years ago Christmas was a two or three week affair for us. We would go to different homes and with our German friends we would sample stulle, kuchen, and of course that good Gluhwein!

Happy and a safe holiday Francine!!! dave

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