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by Dunkeld
Sat Dec 07, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Saint Nicholas, Santa Claus, Father Christmas
Replies: 8
Views: 16663

Re: Saint Nicholas, Santa Claus, Father Christmas

Yesterday I have been to the Christmas Market at Baden-Baden.
And there I saw a real Nicholas - as a Greek bishop.
A rare sight!
Usually only sees Father Christmas.
by Dunkeld
Fri Dec 06, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Saint Nicholas, Santa Claus, Father Christmas
Replies: 8
Views: 16663

Re: Saint Nicholas, Santa Claus, Father Christmas

Knecht Ruprecht is quite an interesting person. :)
Some say he is one of the old Norse or Germanic gods in disguise.
In our region he was called "Pelznickel" - and his job was to make children panic with fear.
Nikolaus was a friendly bringer of gifts - not so Knecht Ruprecht!
by Dunkeld
Fri Dec 06, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Saint Nicholas, Santa Claus, Father Christmas
Replies: 8
Views: 16663

Saint Nicholas, Santa Claus, Father Christmas

As it is the day of the Nikolaus today, I am asking this question. Ist Saint Nicholas also known in English-speaking countries? Here in the South of Germany it is usually like this: Saint Nicholas is the traditional bringer of gifts on December 6th. The Christ Child (Christkindl) is the bringer of g...
by Dunkeld
Fri Dec 06, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: gaslighting
Replies: 4
Views: 12461

Re: gaslighting

Trump or no Trump

Gaslighting is a terrible thing
by Dunkeld
Thu Dec 05, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Captchas
Replies: 10
Views: 12681

Re: Captchas

Edwin F Ashworth wrote:
Tue Feb 21, 2012 12:07 am
I thought you were assumed to be human if you got them wrong.
Good idea!

And: I hate those Captchas!
by Dunkeld
Thu Dec 05, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: St David
Replies: 5
Views: 14438

Re: St David

Every year on the 1st of March I buy some daffodils! :)
by Dunkeld
Thu Dec 05, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: It's a language thing
Replies: 1
Views: 14030

Re: It's a language thing

Bobinwales wrote:
Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:33 pm
... and we all knew that "Darling" in Welsh is "Cariad".
Now I will remember that! :)
by Dunkeld
Wed Dec 04, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Gee Gee
Replies: 8
Views: 14020

Re: Gee Gee

I think it interesting that in many languages there are special animal words that are used when talking to children. In the case of horses: Standard German: Pferd For children: Ross-Hottl Ross is also the normal word for Pferd - here in the South. And in "Ross" one can see the relation with "horse".
by Dunkeld
Wed Dec 04, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: the royal 'we' / the royal 'you'?
Replies: 16
Views: 36698

Re: the royal 'we' / the royal 'you'?

And even a "we" can stand in for a "you".

In German a doctor may ask a patient: "Na, wie geht's uns denn heute?"
Meaning: "How are you feeling today?"
Literally: "How are we doing today?"
by Dunkeld
Wed Dec 04, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Are we there yet?
Replies: 4
Views: 11393

Re: Are we there yet?

Erik_Kowal wrote:
Fri Sep 20, 2019 9:25 pm
Mum: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.
Once I have been there.
Reminds me of this long German word: Donaudampfschiffahrtsgesellschaftskapitän

Or even longer: Donau­dampfschifffahrts­elektrizitäten­hauptbetriebswerk­bauunterbeamten­gesellschaft
by Dunkeld
Wed Dec 04, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings Archive
Topic: walked over my grave
Replies: 3
Views: 24606

Re: walked over my grave

While reading this, I really suddenly got the feeling that somebody is walking over my future grave. :shock: :?
by Dunkeld
Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: the royal 'we' / the royal 'you'?
Replies: 16
Views: 36698

Re: the royal 'we' / the royal 'you'?

Once there was also the possibility to address somebody in the third person singular. That was the way "noble" people spoke to lesser beings ... Frederick the great might address a farmer, when passing by his field: "Was macht er da?" - "What is he doing here, then?" And then the farmer might aswer:...
by Dunkeld
Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:27 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: the royal 'we' / the royal 'you'?
Replies: 16
Views: 36698

Re: the royal 'we' / the royal 'you'?

It just crossed my mind. I wrote that German had 3 second-person forms. In fact, it has 4. As I wrote above, it has the second person singular familiar pronoun "du" the second person plural familiar pronoun "ihr" the second person singular and plural respectful pronoun "Sie" (always capitalized in ...
by Dunkeld
Sun Dec 01, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Opinions on why the chicken crossed the road
Replies: 5
Views: 13860

Re: Opinions on why the chicken crossed the road

Martin Luther' s chicken: "I am not going to cross the road! Here I stand, I cannot do otherwise. So help me God. Amen!"
by Dunkeld
Sun Dec 01, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings Archive
Topic: game leg
Replies: 11
Views: 13125

Re: game leg

Very interesting!

And it was looking up the origin of "game leg" that brought me here into the forum. :)