The Germans and their English mistakes

24 02 2011

Sometimes the Germans’ English is so good that they make the same mistakes that native speakers make.  But still, that gratuitous apostrophe makes my skin crawl.


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24 02 2011
CN Heidelberg

There used to be a place in the Karlsruhe Hbf that advertised “smacks” instead of “snacks”. Sadly it’s gone now.

24 02 2011
Gary

24 02 2011
Karl

Multiple Choice:

A. at the cafe, the Snack, being a sentient being, has his own ice cream. Hence “Snack’s Eis”.

B. Mr. Snack himself runs the cafe and sells ice cream as well.

C. a German making a mistake in English

D. In Italy we stayed across the street from the Cafe Spleen. What the heck??

24 02 2011
michaeleriksson

If you look for skin-crawling, consider the far more harmful “must not”, which from a German usually means “need not”… (As in Germany’s “muss nicht”.)

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