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Thread #27475   Message #337947
Posted By: Wolfgang
10-Nov-00 - 11:47 AM
Thread Name: american politics is a joke
Subject: RE: american politics is a joke
Fionn,
Wolfgang Schüssel, not Wolfgang Schussel. I wouldn't correct such a really minor detail if it was not for the laugh I had. 'Schussel' means 'halfwit' in German, whereas his real name means 'bowl'. That's one of the extremely few examples in German where leaving the two dots away really makes a difference in sense. Can you imagine how often the diplomats proofread letters addressed to the Austian chancellor for this minor slip? Not always with success. But he is used to it by now.

Wolfgang