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When the worm is in ... What does this mean ?

Hi all,

Does anyone know what this expression means, ' When the worm is in the worm is in ' ?

Just wondering if it's a German expression. I've never heard it before, and I'm not sure what it means. I did a google search, but the results kept coming up with a different expression, 'Early bird cathches the worm' in English and German.

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*** Immediately after posting this, I found the answer. It's actually a French expression and means the damage is done. Thanks

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Old 29.06.2016, 14:19
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Re: When the worm is in ... What does this mean ?

You mean "Da steckt der Wurm drin"?

Means something is "fishy". Or more to the point, there is something wrong with something, and the "worm" is the culprit (whatever the worm might be), and once the worm is inside the fruit (well, the problem), you won't get it solved so easily anymore.

http://www.redensarten-index.de/such...%5B%5D=rart_ou
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Old 29.06.2016, 14:19
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Hi all,

Does anyone know what this expression means, ' When the worm is in the worm is in ' ?

Just wondering if it's a German expression. I've never heard it before, and I'm not sure what it means. I did a google search, but the results kept coming up with a different expression, 'Early bird cathches the worm' in English and German.

Thanks,
TheLaughingCow

"The worm drin" means that something has gone or is wrong.


Your expression means that something has gone wrong and the situation is unsalvageable.
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Old 29.06.2016, 14:21
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Hi all,

Does anyone know what this expression means, ' When the worm is in the worm is in ' ?

Just wondering if it's a German expression. I've never heard it before, and I'm not sure what it means. I did a google search, but the results kept coming up with a different expression, 'Early bird cathches the worm' in English and German.

Thanks,
TheLaughingCow
Sounds like the typical work-soundbite..

"Wenn der Wurm mal drin ist..." is pretty much the German equivalent of Murphy's law.. Meaning, when something starts to go wrong, it won't end well either/just keep going worse..
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Old 29.06.2016, 14:31
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Sounds like the typical work-soundbite..

"Wenn der Wurm mal drin ist..." is pretty much the German equivalent of Murphy's law.. Meaning, when something starts to go wrong, it won't end well either/just keep going worse..
Take Brexit as an example.
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Re: When the worm is in ... What does this mean ?

Hi all,

Oh ok, it is a German expression. I found something similar as a French expression, and it means what you all have said. ' The damage has been done ' .

Thank you,
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Old 29.06.2016, 15:48
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Re: When the worm is in ... What does this mean ?

In Swiss German it means "an ongoing problem that is difficult to solve or has no solutions." It's much like "and that's the crux of the problem."
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Old 29.06.2016, 17:49
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In Swiss German it means "an ongoing problem that is difficult to solve or has no solutions." It's much like "and that's the crux of the problem."
Not exactly. The "crux of the problem" is where the dog is buried. "Da liegt der Hund begraben".
https://de.wiktionary.org/wiki/da_li..._Hund_begraben
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Old 29.06.2016, 17:50
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Re: When the worm is in ... What does this mean ?

Put the cat amongst the pigeons?
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Old 29.06.2016, 17:55
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You mean "Da steckt der Wurm drin"?

Means something is "fishy". Or more to the point, there is something wrong with something, and the "worm" is the culprit (whatever the worm might be), and once the worm is inside the fruit (well, the problem), you won't get it solved so easily anymore.

http://www.redensarten-index.de/such...%5B%5D=rart_ou
This is the most correct interpretation. It means that there is an issue, which seems to be ongoing (not that it's unsolvable).
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Put the cat amongst the pigeons?
Isn't that "ein Shitstorm starten" (neue Deutsch)
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Old 29.06.2016, 18:05
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Re: When the worm is in ... What does this mean ?

Or as we might say in Yorkshire, "You can't unf**k a bastard".
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Old 29.06.2016, 19:06
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Re: When the worm is in ... What does this mean ?

But when the worm has turned, it's a different matter altogether...
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