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#132056 - 08/25/04 08:44 AM Submitted without coment
TEd Remington Offline
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'Let's Just Cuddle'

BERLIN (Reuters) - A leading German dictionary publisher plans to launch a guide it says will help men translate the subtext of female conversation.
The Langenscheidt publishing group, best known for its well-respected yellow foreign language dictionaries, will launch sales of a 128-page book to translate such baffling female banter as: "Let's just cuddle" into "No sex tonight please!."

"Each themed chapter offers men behavioral tips and exposes hidden messages transmitted by women in everyday situations, such as on holiday or during shopping trips," said Silke Exius, chief editor at Langenscheidt.

Other examples in the "German-Woman/Woman-German" edition due out in October include explaining why a woman asks a man to take interest in the pair of shoes she may be trying on.

She wants him to look because he's about to pay for them.



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#132057 - 08/25/04 09:14 AM Re: Submitted without coment
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Sooner or later, the question of "prescriptive vs. descriptive" will arise with this dictionary, too.


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#132058 - 08/25/04 10:22 AM Re: Submitted without coment
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She wants him to look because he's about to pay for them. And your point would be...?;-)


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#132059 - 08/25/04 10:36 AM Meanwhile...
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How do you say "Let's just cuddle" auf Deutsch? Any plans for an English-language version?

And it looks like someone's making money on the cuddle:

http://edition.cnn.com/2004/US/Northeast/08/09/cuddling.parties.2.reut/index.html


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#132060 - 08/25/04 11:10 AM Re: Meanwhile...
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Goodness me, Anna--I was thinking this was a good idea, until I came to: People then get in a circle on their hands and knees, rub shoulders and moo like cows.


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#132061 - 08/25/04 11:25 AM Re: commenting without submitting
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The Langenscheidt Deutsch-Frau Frau-Deutsch is written by a German stand-up comedian, Mario Barth (see URL below). His earlier book was called Männer sind Schweine Frauen aber auch (Men are pigs, but so are women). He's 32 and from Berlin.

Verbs for cuddle include: hätscheln and knuddeln.

http://www.mario-barth.de/


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#132062 - 08/25/04 11:36 AM Speaking of cuddling...
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#132063 - 08/25/04 11:42 AM Re: Speaking of cuddling...
AnnaStrophic Offline
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Er, yes I just posted the same link. {what am I, chopped liver??}




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#132064 - 08/25/04 11:49 AM Re: Speaking of liverwurst
jheem Offline
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Does anybody know which comic is credited with the line "What am I, chopped liver?"?


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#132065 - 08/25/04 11:59 AM Re: Speaking of liverwurst
clockworkchaos Offline
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Oops. Sorry. btw, what is so bad about chopped liver? Is it worse than whole liver?


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