Tuesday, February 03, 2009

German word of the week

The German word of the week, courtesy of Deutsche Welle, is:


"Monkey theater" -- or "Affentheater" -- can be staged at a shop, at the bank, at a business meeting, at school or practically anywhere that people do crazy, annoying things. However, unlike Pippi Longstockings, the "Affentheater" of trying to get a new passport issued within a day, for example, or of trying to return a faulty radio to a moody sales clerk unfortunately don't involve any live monkeys. People can cause enough frustration without their help.


Cormac Brown said...

Hey, finally two German words that I recognize and that aren't on a menu! "Theater" obviously, and I know "affen" from Peter Gabriel's German version of "Shock The Monkey."

Gifted Typist said...

Funny cause I always loved saying Pippy Longstocking in German
Pippy Longstrump, with a little round circle over the o.

Weird huh?

Randal Graves said...

Achtung, herr! Move along, dis is zee beforentheatre!