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19 Questions Britain Has For Germany

We love you, but you confuse the hell out of us. Could you help us clear a few things up? Questions crowdsourced from the BuzzFeed UK team.

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1. Why do you have to invent a word for literally everything?

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Backpfeifengesicht – a face that cries out for a fist in it.

Dreimannerwein – a wine so disgusting that it takes three men to make you drink it.

Treppenwitz – the things you should have said that only occur to you when it is too late.

These are all brilliant words for which we have no equivalent. Stop making the English language look bad.

3. Why do your proverbs make no sense? / Via James Chapman

"Die Kuh vom Eis holen" – Get the cow off the ice.

"Klappe zu, Affe tot" – Close the lid, the monkey is dead.

"Da liegt der Hase im Pfeffer" – The rabbit lies in pepper.

Utter nonsense, all of this. And yet, we have to admit, quite delightful.

4. Why do you have such weird insults?

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Someone who can’t do anything right is called an “Arschgeige”, which translates as “ass violin”. I mean, it's inventive, sure. But how often is that an appropriate insult to hurl at someone? Ditto "Ihre Mutter säugt Schweine", which means “your mother suckles pigs”.


7. What do you have against tap water?

You never seem to drink it at home. Instead you'll have a fridge stocked full of sparkling bottled water. Meanwhile, in restaurants, waiters get unbelievably snooty if you ask for tap water to go with your meal. What's the deal?

8. What's your problem with fresh air?

It seems to be a commonly held belief that a draft coming through an open window is a health hazard. Where does that come from? Are your homes and offices permanently stuffy as a result?


9. Is Frankfurt just a stopover airport or is it also a place?

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Does anyone go there for any reason other than business? Is it just a city made up entirely of conference centres?

12. What in god's name is your problem with cheddar?

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A nation of supposed cheese lovers, and yet it's almost impossible to find cheddar in any of your shops. Have you tried it? You should. It's really bloody nice.


15. Why must you scare the crap out of your kids around Christmas with that devil Krampus guy? Why is that a fun thing to do?

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We have the whole "naughty or nice" concept. But if you're naughty, the worst that happens is you don't get any presents – you don't get carted off and transported to hell. You guys are supposed to love Christmas. Why must you bring the devil into it?


17. Do you get annoyed at always being accused of putting towels on sunbeds?

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Does the whole "towels on sunbeds" thing even make sense? Do you get the reference? Because it is kind of mean, now we think about it.

18. Is Oktoberfest literally a two-week festival devoted to getting shitfaced on lager, or is there more to it than that?

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And if so, how come we haven't imported it to the UK yet?

Also, apparently it starts in September? WTF?

19. And is it true Fantakuchen – cake made out of Fanta – is a thing in Germany?

Because it sounds pretty great, to be honest. How can we get in on that?