Thanks to Flula Borg for deconstructing idioms and also for getting right in there with prejudices against Germans – and just dealing with them. I really like Flula being playful and silly with My Drunk Kitchen presenter Hannah Hart.
A few years ago when I was teaching English students at the LMU Munich, my students told me how in a creative writing class, Gill Woodman, head of Sprachpraxis there, had given them a bag of potatoes and told them to select one and imagine its personality, and then write its biography. Such a great idea. Imagination + humor.
Remember Mr. Potato Head? My dad bought me the game when I got my tonsils out, at about the age of 5. He would have giggled with me about this silly video – could be a take on Gill’s assignment for Very Young Learners: interview a potato.
There’s a personal story that goes with this, as you can well imagine. My first present from my husband was a…
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“Water is composed of two gins, Oxygin and Hydrogin. Oxygin is pure gin. Hydrogin is gin and water.”
When you breathe, you inspire. When you do not breathe, you expire.”
“H20 is hot water, and CO2 is cold water.”
“The body consists of three parts—the brainium, the borax and the abominable cavity. The brainium contains the brain, the borax contains the heart and lungs, and the abominable cavity contains the bowels, of which there are five: a, e, i, o and u.”
“The pistol of a flower is its only protection against insects.”
“The alimentary canal is located in the northern part of Indiana.”
“Equator: A menagerie lion running around the Earth through Africa.”
Joan sent me a presentation with quotes from German second graders. Most of them are mondegreens that won’t work in English, but I’ve translated some of the others into English for fun:
Garden gnomes have red hats so they don’t get mowed down.
Men can’t get married to men because then who would wear the wedding dress?
Life insurance is the money you get if you survive a fatal accident.
Daddy won the prize for best rabbit at the animal show.
My parents buy the grey toilet paper because it’s already been used, and that’s good for the environment.
Adopting is actually better. Then parents get to choose their own kids and don’t have to take what they get.
Adam and Eve lived in Paris.
During the week God lives in Heaven. On Sunday he goes to church.
The northern and the southern hemispheres turn in opposite directions.
Cows have to walk slowly so they don’t spill their milk.
Worms can’t bite because they’ve got tails at both ends.
A peach is like an apple with a rug on it.
If you eat mad cows, you’ll get ISDN.
Fishsticks are long dead. They can’t swim.
I haven’t been baptized, but I’ve been vaccinated.
When people stopped being monkeys, they became Egyptians.
The train came to a grinding halt and the passengers emptied themselves onto the platform.
The whole world listened when Luther posted his 95 prostheses on the door of the church in Wittenberg.
Spring is the first of the seasons. In spring chickens lay eggs and farmers lay potatoes.
A circle is a round square.
The Earth turns 365 days a year. Every four years the year takes an extra day to finish, and that just happens to be in February. I don’t know why that is. Maybe it’s because it’s so cold in February, which makes it a little harder.
The pig is one of the most useful animals there is. You can use everything from the pig, all of it front to back for meat, its hide for leather, its bristles for brushes, and its name for a bad word.