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Re: Spinning and purring

From:Eduard Ralph <conlang@...>
Date:Sunday, August 28, 2005, 12:53
> >... in colloquial German, the word _spinnen_ ("to spin [wool]") is > >also used for "to be crazy". As a matter of fact, the question > >_Spinnst du?_ usually means "are you out of your mind?" and not "do > >you manufacture your own woollen yarn?".)
> If memory serves (it still does sometimes!), "spinnen" also means "to > purr," unless contemporary German uses another word. My German is > dated to the mid-60s when I lived there, courtesy of the U.S. Army.
Actually, I think "schnurren" is the verb you are looking for. At least today - I wasn't here in the 60s, so I can't say anything about that. The connection is still there though, because "Schnur" is the word for a string made of wool which in turn of course is made by "spinnen" of the wool. Eduard