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Old 24.03.2010, 12:10
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What is the "Baton" called in Supermarkets

Most evenings you get to the supermarket checkout, plonk your stuff on the rubber belt and ask the person in front of you "Can you pass me the thingy?"

I have asked many people over the years, and nobody seems to know the name! I would think it should include the words "Einkauf Gute Stäbchen & trennen" or simply a "Stab"? Is there a French name, maybe just a "Bâton"?

So what do you think it is called?

Last edited by Ittigen; 19.07.2011 at 23:18. Reason: (Apart from "Dildo" .... which I will try for the next week)
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Old 24.03.2010, 12:19
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Re: What is the "Baton" called in Supermarkets

It's called the "dildo". Don't worry or be shy, it doesn't mean the same as in English. Next time your at your local supermarket, stump up the courage and ask for it.
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So what do you think it is called?
I don't call it anything. I just point to it as everyone else does! You could call it "un séparateur" ...
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Old 24.03.2010, 12:31
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Re: What is the "Baton" called in Supermarkets

The name is Trennstab

trennen = to separate
Stab = bar

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Re: What is the "Baton" called in Supermarkets

What do we call it in English does it have a word? In french I normally just say "je peux" and point always works for me
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What do we call it in English does it have a word? In french I normally just say "je peux" and point always works for me
It's ok, as long it's not the grisbi that you are pointing at.




Full sequence there:
http://www.wikio.fr/video/tontons-fl...grisbi-1448799

Famous quote of the movie: "Touche pas au grisbi, salope !"

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It's called the "dildo". Don't worry or be shy, it doesn't mean the same as in English. Next time your at your local supermarket, stump up the courage and ask for it.
Sorry, is that a joke ? Never heard the expression in any shop anywhere.

I might use expressions like Schtaab / Stab, Chnebel / Knebel, Prügel, Trennschtaab / Trennstab
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It's called the "dildo". Don't worry or be shy, it doesn't mean the same as in English. Next time your at your local supermarket, stump up the courage and ask for it.
...yeah!! Shaped triangular like a Toblerone....I totally understand now.
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Re: What is the "Baton" called in Supermarkets

Have you not considered just reaching across and placing it in front of your shopping. It really isn't that great a distance, don't you think.
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Re: What is the "Baton" called in Supermarkets

It's even easier to place it behind your purchase when you are done placing them on the belt.
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It's even easier to place it behind your purchase when you are done placing them on the belt.
Plus the person behind you will thank you for it. Thats your one good deed of the day taken care off
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Re: What is the "Baton" called in Supermarkets

In french I call it like anything I can't remember it being called "Le Truc", (phonetically le trook), which literally means, the thing.
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In french I call it like anything I can't remember it being called "Le Truc", (phonetically le trook), which literally means, the thing.
..doesn't that mean "the truck" in Louisiana?

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Re: What is the "Baton" called in Supermarkets

Touche. I agree with Swiss Pete and Gata. How practical and rewarding. In short, life is too complicated already.
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Touche. I agree with Swiss Pete and Gata. How practical and rewarding. In short, life is too complicated already.
I always put dä Balke both in front and of behind my purchase, .... and try to move the other Bängel to the starters' end of the facility
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Old 19.07.2011, 23:21
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Re: What is the "Baton" called in Supermarkets

Thank you Economisto, that seems to be the correct item.
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