Mittwoch, 8. März 2017

Alphabet Club Catch Up - M

 Another catch up post, while the main bunch of participants has already reached the letter 'T' I'm still on 'M'. So here is some 'M'- stitching - a Meerschweinchen, German for guinea pig (Meerschweinchen literally means 'sea piglet', as in 'piglet that came from overseas'..but the animal is cute, in any case!)

I'm nor sure if the word I picked this month is actually intranslatable, but it is one I particularly like - 'menscheln' (literaly 'to human'), usually used as 'Es menschelt' (It humans). It's used when stuff happens that is especially human in nature, and can be used in both directions - both with stuff that leads to conflicts, like jealousy or envy, but also when showing empathy and warmth, especially in situations where those are not common usually. It's usually used to describe 'human weakness', but also in situations where this 'weakness' is positive in nature (like not making a tough business decision out of empathy).


  1. What a cutie!!! Seriously look adorable :)

  2. love the guinea pig, so cute! A friend had some and I had no idea they kind of purred. It was very neat.

  3. I had to go and disbturb my son to tell him about the German word for guinea pig! He is so cute, did you use him for a blog hop once?

  4. The stitched animal is cute, but I don't find the real ones so nice. "Sea piglet" reminds me of English lessons - Sea-See (words that sound alike but have different meanings and spellings) and all the English words for baby animals (in Japanese you just add ko which means small to any animal name). Do you have a pet?

  5. What a cute picture Leonore.


  6. Such a cute guinea pig, I love it, and I love the language lessen as well.

  7. We had guinea pigs until just recently. This piece is too cute though. Thanks for the info on the M word.

  8. Das Meerschweinchen sieht richtig lieb aus.
    Ich bin jedes Mal wieder überrascht, was für Ausdrücke wir im Deutschen doch haben. Das macht man sich gar nicht klar, wenn man sie verwendet, dass man die nicht so einfach in eine andere Sprache übertragen kann. Du findest wirklich gute Sachen.

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