[German] Two phrases, one of them "ironic".

Jason Dusek jason.dusek at gmail.com
Mon Oct 25 21:58:37 PDT 2010


On Tue, Oct 26, 2010 at 03:30, Christie Dudley <longobord at gmail.com> wrote:
> So for the rest of us who don't know what it means, want to fill us in?

  I'm sorry; you have a good point.

    Als guter Freund sollte ich keine schlechten Gewohnheiten
    unterstuetzen.

    As a good friend, I should lend no bad habits support.

    Als guter Freund sollte ich deine schlechten Gewohnheiten
    nicht unterstuetzen.

    As a good friend, I should not lend your bad habits support.

    (I have inserted "lend" and nominalized "support" to
    preserve the word order.)

  Some Germans I spoke to today remarked about the "double
  negative" in the latter rendering -- "schlechten" and "nicht"
  together -- though I'm still not sure what they felt was
  noteworthy about it.

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Jason Dusek
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