The Illustrated A-Z of Berlinerisch: B
by Guest Blogger
Bagage – baggage (from the French bagage), stuff, and also your family, and the people around you.
B also stands for:
baff (or paff) – nonplussed, dumbfounded, flabbergasted.
Bammel, der – the fear, dread
Beene machen – to hurry, from “Beene” (die Beine - legs)
belatschern – to trick someone into doing something
biste Neese – to be stuck in a situation
Bonnje, die - head
Bredullje, die – difficulty, challenge, hitch (from the French bredouille)
Bulette, Boulette, die - meatball (from the French boulette)
allet in Butter - (alles in Butter) everything is OK
Buxe, die - trousers
The Illustrated A-Z of Berlinerisch is a guide to the particular brand of German spoken in the country’s capital. One of our native Berliner helper elves describes the dialect as
a direct language with Herz und Schnauze (heart and snout). A Berliner always can make fun of others and him/herself, says everything as if he or she is a little drunk, and shortens words – because time is money, and after a hard working day you don’t want to spend a lot of energy speaking “properly”.
Berliners! Have we got anything wrong, or missed out anything important? Let us know in the comments below, or tweet your suggestions to @uberlinblog. Many thanks to everyone who’s helped us so far, especially @Inzuam, @MarcoHafke, @RobZan11, Yoram Roth and @WeAreBerliners.
Illustrators! Want to help us prettify the A-Z of Berlinerisch? Drop us a note at email (at) uberlin (dot) eu, and we’ll let you know how you can get involved!