The meaning of Berliner Schnauze

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Neues Kranzler Eck, Berlin
Neues Kranzler Eck, Berlin

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The residents of Berlin (Berlin vacation rentals | Berlin travel guide) and its vicinity often leave the mark of being gruff, unfriendly, and not very sociable. This impression is doing them injustice since their behavior is part of the typical “Berliner Schnauze” of which the residents are very proud.

The meaning of a “Berliner Schnauze” usually describes a person that embodies a combination of a certain dialect that developed in Berlin and Brandenburg over the centuries. This dialect embeds some vocabulary that is specific for the city and its vicinity and was impacted by diverse immigrants including Flemings, Hugenots, Jews, Slavs, Silesians, Bohemians, and Russians. To fulfill the characteristics of a “Berliner Schnauze” a person has to have a rough humor and gruffness.

Over the centuries the dialect was and today still is frowned upon amongst the educated who made and make sure to distinguish themselves from the working class by speaking high German.

A distinctive feature of the “Berliner Schnauze” is the way words are shortened or recomposed. Moreover the grammar is often non-existent or adverbs and adjectives are used optionally. For example the German word “ich” (I) is changed into “ick” and the word “morgen” (tomorrow) into “morjen”. Typical is also the Berlin “wah”, which means “was” (what) in German. Another common expression is also “kannstema”, which usually would be “kannst du mal” (could you please).

However, behind the rough surface most Berliners are cordial and sociable, it only takes a little bit longer until they warm up. As mentioned they love their “Berliner Schnauze” since it sets them apart from other German residents and without doubt they love to export the meaning into the world.



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This travel guide has been written by Patricia Eggers.

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