The Illustrated A-Z of Berlinerisch: C
by Guest Blogger
Currywurst – chopped-up sausage covered in curry ketchup, allegedly invented in Berlin.
(Check out the Deutsches Currywurst Museum!)
C also stands for:
Café Achteck – Berlin’s old eight-sided public toilets, known locally as Octagon Cafés.
chacun – each (from the French). “Jeder nach seinem chacun!” = “each to his own!”
Champagnerweiße – wheat beer (Weißbier)
Chose – stuff (from the French; Sache), things (Dinge)
Cislaweng – done light-heartedly (from the French), mit einem Cislaweng = mit einem Schwung (with a swing)
Currypieka – the wooden tool for eating Currywurst, also a synonym for a thin person’s arms.
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 @iForia, @strollogy, @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!