Sunday, October 08, 2006

Hinterland

Remember the Australian hinterland aka outback? Remember how they had a blitz in Oliver's room? A few "English" words are far easier to learn than others for us Germans. You'll find some lists (far from complete) here, here and here (more if you follow the links there). And did you know that the name of the school Viktor Krum (from the "Harry Potter" novels) goes to, "Durmstrang", is actually derived from the literary period Sturm und Drang?

2 comments:

ricardo-googol said...

"Führer", that was clear ...

I knew some words, a few I don ' t. This is very interesting.

By the way "Mayday" comes from the French "M' aide".

But sometimes I don ' t like it, if words from other languages come into the language ( hm, this sentence sounds strange :O ).
For example that all people think they must speak English, but German would be better, because they don ' t really know the words.

The best example is "rucksack" I think. Most of the people think "Rucksack" is "body bag" in English but this is "Leichensack" ...

Weese said...

Talking about the problem with "body bags" - few people have realized that the term "public viewings" (which they had so many of during the World Cup) actually refers to viewing a dead person for the last time before he/she is buried...