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Word of the day

I learnt a new word today that I think is worthy of sharing:

Spiesser

It wasn't applied to me incidentally, but I think I that may have cause to use it...

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Old 27.04.2007, 11:04
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Re: Word of the day

I think the Swiss-German is Bünzli...
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Old 27.04.2007, 11:13
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I think the Swiss-German is Bünzli...
yep, this came up at lunch the other day & is aparently quite insulting ... needless to say, was immediately locked away in my portable data bank for future use ...
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Old 27.04.2007, 11:14
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Re: Word of the day

Spiessbürger works as well.
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Re: Word of the day

Or "Füdlibürger" for that matter.. I especially like this one because of its lovely connotations
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Old 27.04.2007, 11:50
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Re: Word of the day

Spiesser is less insulting than Spiessbürger and Bünzli, and Füdlibürger is more - You want to get the order right for a cultivated, escalating exchange of compliments
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Re: Word of the day

Black Adder refers.

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Re: Word of the day

What is the opposite ? It would be "bohemian" in English.

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What is the opposite ? It would be "bohemian" in English.

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I have a few ideas, but I am not a native speaker.

The first thing that came into mind was "der Hippie" and the Swiss missus (she's already posted in here earlier) came up with that word as well. I guess you could use "der Beatnik" or "der Antikonformist." Anybody else?

I think that Bohemian has a slightly different context in German because of Bohemia (Böhmen). Ok, it looks like both Bohemien and Boheme work.

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Re: Word of the day

My best guess is "Bohemien" as it is spelled in French but it's rarely used. Other possibilities that are somewhat more common:
Nonkonfirmist
Freigeist, Freidenker (free thinker)

Not exact matches for bohemian but also implying open-mindedness:
Weltbürger (cosmopolitan)
Avantgardist

You know that Spiess means spear in German, right? So a Spiessbürger is a citizen with a spear in his hand.
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Old 27.04.2007, 13:42
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Re: Word of the day

Oops. Bohemien as it is pronounced in French. I'm sorry, I'm used to forums with edit option!
Why are half of our expressions for open-mindedness of French origin, anyway?
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