So, now I know what a silver lining is in German

Es gibt ein paar Silberstreifen am Horizont der gegenwärtigen gespenstischen Pandemie. Aber ein Gutes hat sie: es wird jetzt das Verfahren von St. Greta beim Kampf gegen den Klimawandel getestet, und wir sind überhaupt nicht erfreut darob.

Tim Worstall, CapX

9 thoughts on “So, now I know what a silver lining is in German”

  1. What a bizarre translation. Not Silberstreifen, just the rest of it.

    Guess things are Differentiated in Bavaria(n), rather than unterschiedlich.

  2. Yeah lots of Englishisms directly translated in the article ( silberstreifen is ok, I heard it on telly the other day.)

    BiG, “darob” is a bit odd isnt it ?. Darueber surely ?

  3. A German student of mine was playing football in Germany.

    At half-time the coach said something like “Wir müssen gefight.”

  4. There’s a lot of that sort of thing creeping into footie commentaries esoecially.

    Unless he misheard and the coach said “gefickt” which is a bit different.

  5. Mr Kring,

    I can’t claim to be competent to translate into German, but mostly because I misgender stuff, not because I mangle word order and use at best archaic (and I’m being very charitable to not call it vanilla wrong) case/sentence constructions.

    Some of the Englishism may be a defensible affectation of literary translation (which is, to not lose the author’s voice, often very literal).

  6. Dennis, Offender of Krauts, Frogs and other Wogs

    I thought part of being German was the denial of the concept of a silver lining.

    Kind of like being Russian… They aren’t happy unless they’re unhappy.

  7. No Dennis. The Germans have formalised happiness, where it’s compulsory to be happy during certain times & events and at certain locations. And woe betide a German if he fails in his duty.

  8. BiG.
    Misgendering is a crime of which I am also often guilty.

    Indeed in a very real sense we are all guilty.

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