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A German MEP says:

"If you read the Bild, you are not gebildet!"
(Maybe you had to be there.)


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Nov. 30th, 2006 02:02 pm (UTC)

Ah, ok. No, still not funny. Clever, yes, but never did like puns.
Nov. 30th, 2006 02:31 pm (UTC)
I'm amused, but then again I do like puns.
Nov. 30th, 2006 04:17 pm (UTC)
Cute, but not exactly 'haha' funny. :-)
Nov. 30th, 2006 05:02 pm (UTC)
I didn't know the Germans knew how to make puns - How times are changing.
Dec. 1st, 2006 12:04 am (UTC)
The Germans know how to make puns all right. Early in the days of the Nazi regime, IIRC, Göring's wife had a son, and there was at least one stand-up comic who made the joke that he would be called Hamlet, because: Sein oder nicht sein, das ist die Frage!

Which means both, To be or not to be, that is the question! and His or not his, that is the question!
Dec. 1st, 2006 06:38 am (UTC)
Thank you for that. I stand corrected.
Dec. 1st, 2006 10:26 pm (UTC)
I've been notionally learning German for five or six years now, and I don't get that joke. So I think maybe I should give up German.
Dec. 2nd, 2006 05:20 am (UTC)
It's almost more a cultural than a linguistic joke. The Bild is Germany's most notorious tabloid, the equivalent of the Sun; gebildet means educated, with undertones of being refined.
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