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The everyday German messages that have a double meaning

As in many other languages, spoken German is interspersed with colloquialisms that don’t seem very logical at first glance. For some reason Germans love it for their Umgangsprache by giving messages a new meaning.

Egg (eggs)

egg aren’t just ovals that you crack in your frying pan in the morning, they’re also the two ovals that hang between a man’s legs.

If you want to compliment a man on his bravery, you can say so there hat Dicke Egg (he has fat eggs).

Or, if a soccer ball hits you in the wrong place, you can say: “Aww, that hit me directly in that egg!” (that hit my eggs).

By the way, your naked (pasta) completes the trinity of the male genitalia.

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Birne (pear)

More anatomy here: your head is sometimes referred to as your head in everyday speech Birne or your Reuben (turnip). This is somewhat similar to the word ‘noggin’ in the English dialect.

Kartoffel (potato)

The German word for a potato is also used as an insult to people who are ethnically German. It can also be used ironically by Germans to describe typical German behavior. There is a directional Kartoffel! is an insult you might brush off against someone who wears socks and sandals outdoors.

Kartoffel as a description for Germans has become controversial in recent years, with some conservative politicians warning that it is used in schoolyards to bully German children.

Sausage (sausage)

The Ahlenwurst (seen here) is a specialty from Hesse. Photo: dpa | Your Zucchini

Germans are known for caring about their sausages. Most regions have their own local delicacy and will pride themselves on being the best in the country. But the word wurst can also be used to indicate you don’t care.

So if you want to tell someone you don’t care, you can say: That is mir full Wurst! (That’s complete sausage to me).

Apparently the expression comes from the fact that butchers once used leftover meat in their sausages.

Beer (beer)

An expression that uses the German word for beer is similar. Say That’s not my beer means it’s none of my business (and is usually used just after poking your nose into someone else’s business).

The origin of this expression seems unclear. According to one theory, the word Bier has come to replace Birne (pear), which is used to mean: sache (thing) in some dialects.

Salat (salad)

The word for lettuce or salad can be used in various ways in everyday speech. If someone talks gibberish, then a Wortsalat comes out of their mouth.

Besides, if you have the salad? (Haben salat) then you calculate the costs for a setback.

sahne (cream)

It may not surprise you that the word for cream in German means exclusivity. Like the expression crème de la crème, Germans call something first Sahne to say it’s great.

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