The Illustrated A-Z of Berlinerisch: E
by Guest Blogger
Eierpampe – mixture of sand or mud with water that kids make when they’re playing (lit. “egg goop”)
E also stands for:
eenmal (einmal) – once.
Einjemachte, das – money in reserves, from Eingemachte meaning preserves or conserves.
einfeif’n – to eat, short for hinein pfeifen, colloquial for “sucking in” (food – or even drugs).
etepetete – prim and proper.
The Illustrated A-Z of Berlinerisch is a guide to the particular brand of German spoken in the country’s capital. One of our native Berliner helper elves describes the dialect as
a direct language with Herz und Schnauze (heart and snout). A Berliner always can make fun of others and him/herself, says everything as if he or she is a little drunk, and shortens words – because time is money, and after a hard working day you don’t want to spend a lot of energy speaking “properly”.
Berliners! Have we got anything wrong, or missed out anything important? Let us know in the comments below, or tweet your suggestions to @uberlinblog. Many thanks to everyone who’s helped us so far, especially @iForia, @strollogy, @Inzuam, @MarcoHafke, @RobZan11, Yoram Roth, @WeAreBerliners, @Da3X and @arne_mertz.
Illustrators! Want to help us prettify the A-Z of Berlinerisch? Drop us a note at email (at) uberlin (dot) eu, and we’ll let you know how you can get involved!