January 9th, 2012

marvel - purple barton

I has a curiosity.

Dear native German speakers of the flist,

This came up writing a story, and I don't even know if I'm going to use it, but now I'm super curious:

If someone were to wake you up in the middle of the night, and you were to blearily stammer something at them (don't be cute; assume you're going to answer them in German), what would you say? I mean, in English, it would be something like, "Wuzzit, go away, what, what do you want, who is it?" or the ever-classy "Fuck off."

But, like, I have no idea if that's just the universal way that cranky people respond to getting woken up at 3AM (or 8AM, if you're like me and go to sleep at 3AM), or if there's something language/culture specific that someone would say.

I am very curious about this now. Other ESL/bilingual speakers are also welcome to chime in.

Linguistically yours,
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