German Vocabulary: Word of the Day

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Re: German Vocabulary: Word of the Day here: Dauerwurst

Post by Zicko » Mon Oct 19, 2009 2:54 pm

Sorry, but there is no such thing as "Eiserne Portion". At least not in "Kriegssprache" (sic).
If ever Dauerwurst was part of something "Eisern", it was "Eiserne RATION".
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Re: German Vocabulary: Word of the Day

Post by Tom Houlihan » Mon Oct 19, 2009 5:16 pm

Actually, subsequent information made me think the very same thing this morning!
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Re: German Vocabulary: Word of the Day

Post by phylo_roadking » Mon Oct 19, 2009 5:33 pm

The parable....

In 1979 one Erwin Tragatsch published the Illustrated Encyclopedia of Motorcycles, claiming to have listed EVERY brand of motorcycle ever built - even those batches of half a dozen built in the early 1900s by bicycle shops clipping aftermarket motors into their own pushbike frames...

Believe me, it is a mighty and weighty tome! :shock: And even today a considerable monetary investment.

Here in the UK FOR THE NEXT 15 YEARS the letters page of one of the monthly Classic Bike mags was filled with brands Tragatsch had missed out! :shock:

These many and various new finds became colloquially known as "NAITs" - "Not Appearing In Tragatsch".... :evil:

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Re: German Vocabulary: Word of the Day

Post by Tom Houlihan » Mon Oct 19, 2009 6:11 pm

Phylo, I never, ever claimed that Kriegsprache was the definitive work of its type!! I'll proclaim it to be comprehensive, but certainly not all-inclusive. No doubt, in years to come, I'll find more glitches like Zicko pointed out. I'll take the hit on that one.

Don't worry... The second edition, a few years down the road, will have more entries! :D :roll: :[]
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Re: German Vocabulary: Word of the Day

Post by ReinhardH » Fri Dec 10, 2010 1:49 am

lol ... a few terms my dear old dad shared with me a few years ago ... had I not already been sitting on the floor watching TV at the time, I would have fallen out of my chair laughing....
Negerschweiss (coffee)
Hängepulver (salt peter)

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Re: German Vocabulary: Word of the Day

Post by Tom Houlihan » Fri Dec 10, 2010 9:30 am

I've got the first one, gotta add the second one.
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Re: German Vocabulary: Word of the Day

Post by HeinrichFrey » Sun Dec 12, 2010 3:45 am

Hello Zicko,
"Eiserne Portion" is the right term used in the Wehrmacht. Two per soldier had been carried with the field kitchen and only the commanding officer could give them free. They normally contained 300g bread, 300g tinned pork and 200g tinned legumes like pies. Dauerwurst is a kind of salami. But You are correct, Zicko, the today used term is "Eiserne Ration"
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Re: German Vocabulary: Word of the Day

Post by Quax der Bruchpilot » Wed Jun 01, 2011 3:46 am

Kommissbrot (Army Bread), in reality German dark bread
"Kommissbrot" out of tin cans: Panzerplatte
"Untergefreiter" (somebody who is not liked very much, army ranks start at "Gefreiter", nothing below ("Untergefreiter") is possible
@#%: weak coffee
NS-Röhre (Nazi-Tube): submarine
unbemannt (unmanned): female, not married
Flintenweib: armed female
Scheisshausparolen: propaganda lies
Fisimatenten: Nonsense (from: "visite ma tente", invitation by Napoleonic officers to German girls, counter attacked by German mothers saying: Heute keine Fisimatenten: Today no such nonsense)
Rollmops(rolled pug): herring in vinaiger
Seelenverkäufer (soul seller): old ship
Sackratten (sack rats), Filzläuse (felt lice): pubic lice
Puffbrause (brothel selters): Champain
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Re: German Vocabulary: Word of the Day

Post by Quax der Bruchpilot » Wed Jun 01, 2011 3:49 am

the weak coffee word which is very common and not derived from an English word sounding alike:

M .U. C. K . E .F .U . C. K .

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Re: German Vocabulary: Word of the Day

Post by Tom Houlihan » Wed Jun 01, 2011 4:34 pm

Danke, QdB!

Kriegsprache is in process of a re-write, with some additions, to be republished as Kriegssprache. I just don't know when it will be finished!
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Re: German Vocabulary: Word of the Day

Post by Quax der Bruchpilot » Wed Jun 01, 2011 5:53 pm

Hitler was often named "GRÖFAZ (grösster Führer aller Zeiten), however Gröfaz sounds much more like a short form of "grölender Fatzke" (bawling fob), thats why it was so popular.

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Dicker Kawenzmann

Post by Quax der Bruchpilot » Tue Aug 02, 2011 4:03 pm

As "dicker (fat) Kawenzmann" anything of large caliber was described. The word was and is very common in military language, its origin is unknown. Assumed to be derived from "convent's man", a high (huge) administrative officer.

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Re: German Vocabulary: Word of the Day

Post by Die Blechtrommel » Wed Jan 16, 2013 3:54 am

How about Der Alte Haase?
I thought it means "A seasoned veteran", but now I'm not so sure.

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Re: German Vocabulary: Word of the Day

Post by Helmut » Wed Jul 24, 2013 11:16 am

AFFENSCHAUKEL or monkey swing= The cord worn by the adjutant on the dress unifiorm as a symobl of his position.

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Re: German Vocabulary: Word of the Day

Post by Tom Houlihan » Thu Jul 25, 2013 11:13 am

Thanks, Helmut!
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