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Guten Tag! Ich hoffe, es geht euch alle gut. Recently I came across the German idiom klar wie Kloßbrühe, which is the German version of the English ‘clear as crystal’. In German, this idiom literally translates to ‘clear as dumpling broth’. In other words, it has nothing to do with crystal. It had me thinking about how many other idioms there are that have nothing to do with food in English, but whose German equivalents are centred around food and drink. Let’s begin.
German idiom: Klar wie Kloßbrühe
English: Clear as crystal/crystal clear
Literal translation of German idiom: ‘Clear as dumpling broth’
German idiom: Das ist mir Wurst
English: I don’t care
Literal translation of German idiom: ‘That is sausage to me’
German idiom: Tomaten auf den Augen haben
English: To have rose-tinted glasses on/to be ‘blind’
Literal translation of German idiom: ‘To have tomatoes on the eyes’
German idiom: Eine Extrawurst verlangen
English: To demand special treatment
Literal translation of German idiom: ‘To demand an extra sausage’
German idiom: Das ist nicht dein Bier!
English: That’s none of your business!
Literal translation of German idiom: ‘That is not your beer!’
German idiom: Du gehst mir auf den Keks
English: You’re getting on my nerves
Literal translation of German idiom: ‘You’re getting on my biscuit/cookie’
German idiom: Ein Haar in der Suppe haben
English: To have a fly in the ointment
Literal translation of German idiom: ‘To have a hair in the soup’
German idiom: Sich aufbrezeln
English: To doll oneself up/get ready to go out
Literal translation of German idiom: ‘To pretzel oneself up’
German idiom: Alles hat ein Ende, nur die Wurst hat zwei
English: All good things come to an end/everything must end sometime
Literal translation of German idiom: ‘Everything has an end, only the sausage has two’
This one – Alles hat ein Ende, nur die Wurst hat zwei – even has its own song. Of course I am going to share it! 😉
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