we seriously have a client who desperately wants their stationary to say street in the incorrect spelling, “strasse” instead of “straße” (a common but embarrassing + awkward mistake since the latest spelling reform, since this has never been changed). it is as if you spelled it stréyt.
I know someone who kind of does the opposite… I went to German class with her here in Switzerland, and she always insisted on writing “ß” in her German exercises, despite the fact that we learned Swiss Standard German and “ß” is never used.
Anyway, since it was never taught to us by the teacher, she never learned how to use it properly and would put it in place of ANY “ss.” I remember once seeing her write “messen” (as in “to measure”) as “meßen” …uh, yeah, I was laughing a bit.
I think she was disappointed that she moved to Switzerland where “ß” isn’t used, and she was just trying to make all her words look more exotic!
When you are out somewhere with me, please stop trying to speak German (or Swiss German).
You are embarrassing me.
I will take care of any needed communication between Swiss people and us.
In the event that you do attempt to speak German, do not be surprised when I proclaim my non-Americanness after the fact.
[edit: This post seemed to piss some people off! I thought it was quite clear that it was sarcasm, but I guess it wasn’t so obvious. For the record, I am Canadian and I have a lot of American friends, some are very good at German, some are pretty bad. I tease them about being bad at pronunciation, and they tease me about making German sound like Swiss German. It’s all in good fun, trust me! ;) ]
You told me that an electronic copy of my transcript would be here on Friday. It never showed up in my e-mail inbox. You tried faxing it, but that didn’t work either, because apparently faxing a document to an international phone number is too complicated.
As a result, I had to make an excuse at a very important job interview as to why I didn’t have my grades there to present to them.
So it’s been two extra business days and there’s still no sign of the electronic transcript in my inbox (even though I promised my potential employer that I’d e-mail the transcript to them by Wednesday).
So now I have to make ANOTHER excuse, which could possibly cost me a very good job.
Screw you people. It’s the year 2009. Now we have those newfangled contraptions called COMPUTERS that you people seem to have such trouble with! A person should be able to get a copy of their transcript within a goddamn day.
I honestly won’t be surprised if the hard copy shows up in the mail before I ever get anything through e-mail.
The four teenagers were waiting at a red light at the intersection, when a woman driving an older model black van lost control of her vehicle and hit them. Police said they believe the 35-year-old driver of the van was drunk behind the wheel. She was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. (via)
Why is it always the drunk drivers who survive, and the innocents who end up getting killed? :/