One global, Bohemian village
Friday, August 31, 2007
Work has been slow, and there are no mystery shops to unload down at the docks, so for the last two weeks I've been investigating new language blogs. The Engine Room and Bradshaw of the Future are the latest additions to my sidebar. Today I've been reading through Omniglot - the blog. Where I was shocked to discover that Ich verstehe nur Bahnhof — German for "I only understand train station" — is a popular expression.
It's their version of "It's all Greek to me." I've been using it for years, but my high school German teacher introduced it to us as a joke, not an idiom, and since I was always the one saying it, I figured it was my teacher's invention. Omniglot has a whole list of equivalent phrases in other languages.
(Yes, their saying actually does work as a joke. They clearly have the better idiom.)