Sunday, August 20, 2017

German sayings

Are you still in the mood to hear about some more German sayings? I hope you find them as interesting as I do.

If you don't want to do something, but you can't avoid it, then you have to "bite into the sour apple" -- according to a German saying. The origin is easy to guess: If you don't have much choice, you'll even bite into an apple that's sour. When I hear that saying, I already feel my mouth pulling together - yikes!

The English translation, though, is a lot more drastic. "You'll have to bite the bullet." You only do that once, and I don't even want to go there in my mind.
I also found that you "have to grasp the nettle" and "swallow the bitter pill". On the while, I have to say I would prefer the apple after all!

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Beate Boeker
Mischief & Humor from Page 1

1 comment:

  1. Hi Beate,
    These are great German sayings. I've always liked: "Stuck between a rock and a hard place."