Re: Funny Words (don't show this email to your polyglot kids)
|From:||Garth Wallace <gwalla@...>|
|Date:||Friday, January 10, 2003, 6:30|
Douglas Koller, Latin & French wrote:
> Christian schrieb:
>> --- In email@example.com, Jake X <starvingpoet@R...> wrote:
>>> The following is an innocent German sentence which sounds outrageous
>> to an
>>> English-speakers ears:
>>> Meine dicke Schlange wacht auf.
>>> For some reason, everyone I know who is immature enough to get it
>>> gets a
>>> laugh. ;)
>> I don't get it. Anybody care to explain?
>> (I get the "dick" part, but not the phrasal meaning...)
> "Schlong" is also slang for "penis" (via Yiddish from the German, you
> guessed it, "snake"). I'd guess "wacht auf" sounds to the uninitiated
> like "wacked off", a colloquial term for male masturbation. I don't
> quite understand the entire jokey meaning of the sentence in toto.
> "Dick" and "schlong" together seems a bit like overkill, unless we're
> meant to understand "dick" as what it means in German, "thick".
I don't think it's supposed to make sense as a rude sentence in English,
just that it seems to consist entirely of crude terms.