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The German Sense Of Humor  
User currently offlineLHMARK From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 47
Posted (8 years 2 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3596 times:

In my experience, Germans do have a sense of humor, but it's different than in English-speaking countries. Wordplay and puns don't go over well in Deutschland. The humor seems to be more pie-in-the-face physical comedy.

Germans, can you describe the Teutonic sense of humor?


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User currently offlineFlyingbabydoc From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3596 times:

Quoting LHMARK (Thread starter):
Germans, can you describe the Teutonic sense of humor?

Describe what? Please be more specific... these words do not compute...

 Wink


User currently offlineLHMARK From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 47
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3587 times:

Entschuldigung, Herr Doktor!  Smile


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User currently offlineFlyingbabydoc From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3574 times:

Quoting LHMARK (Reply 2):
Entschuldigung, Herr Doktor!

Mach' nichts...

Since I am only 1/4 german but having lived here for many years now, I can only say that the german sense of humour is... let's see... peculiar.

There is a place for wordplay and puns, and I don't think that the "pie-in-the-face" is well appreciated.

Then again, I am not sure I can fully understand this country, let alone its sense of humour...

Gruß

Alex


User currently onlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21410 posts, RR: 54
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3558 times:

Quoting LHMARK (Thread starter):
In my experience, Germans do have a sense of humor,

You're surely joking, aren't you?

Quoting LHMARK (Thread starter):
but it's different than in English-speaking countries.

You mean as indistinguishable as british humour and american humor are...?

Quoting LHMARK (Thread starter):
Wordplay and puns don't go over well in Deutschland. The humor seems to be more pie-in-the-face physical comedy.

Much like american humor then, right?  mischievous 

Sure they do. But current german TV and movie "comedy" forces many of us to look elsewhere. There's a definitive lack of supply.


User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8695 posts, RR: 43
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3553 times:

Vot? Vee heff noh vort plehs? Satt's not truh!

The problem is no one else understands a play on German words, they're simply not translatable. One might also argue we like comical situations better than purpose-made comedy. Things that have to do with current events catch on as well, as evidenced by TV entertainers like Harald Schmidt.

All in all, we do laugh - for many different reasons, many of which few other people(s) understand.



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User currently offlineAndreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 31
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3546 times:

Quoting Aloges (Reply 5):
Things that have to do with current events catch on as well, as evidenced by TV entertainers like Harald Schmidt.

Speaking of Mr. Schmidt..."Schadenfreude" is certainly well known and generally accepted in Germany  Wink



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User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7943 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3544 times:

Quoting LHMARK (Thread starter):
the humor seems to be more pie-in-the-face physical comedy.

In the 70s and 80s, that was indeed the case: wig, peculiar facial expressions - knee-slapper humour, you know. But I believe that has changed a lot, and now you can see (or hear) more wordplay and subtlety
And even in the 80s, Monty Python was probably at least as popular as the ominous "German humour".

[Edited 2006-05-30 15:53:40]


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User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3537 times:

Quoting Klaus (Reply 4):
british humour

Isn't that just a rumor, like the lost city of Atlantis?  Wink


User currently onlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21410 posts, RR: 54
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3524 times:

Quoting KROC (Reply 8):
Isn't that just a rumor, like the lost city of Atlantis?

Quite possibly, individual exceptions notwithstanding...! Big grin


User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3514 times:

Quoting Flyingbabydoc (Reply 1):
these words do not compute...



Quoting Flyingbabydoc (Reply 3):
fully understand this country, let alone its sense of humour...

lack of patience ! German humour starts after the 4th glass of beer

Quoting Klaus (Reply 4):
british humour and american humor

British humour and US humour are two totally different things


User currently onlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21410 posts, RR: 54
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3497 times:

Quoting ME AVN FAN (Reply 10):
British humour and US humour are two totally different things

Exactly my point! Big grin


User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3487 times:

Quoting Klaus (Reply 4):
american humor

Isn't that an oxymoron - a bit like military intelligence, airline food, scottish success....? Big grin



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User currently offlineAndreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 31
Reply 13, posted (8 years 2 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3458 times:

Quoting ME AVN FAN (Reply 10):
British humour and US humour are two totally different things

Exactly, well said!...one doesn't exist, the other is incomprehensible...and unfunny at best!!



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User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7943 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (8 years 2 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3458 times:

Quoting Cornish (Reply 12):
Isn't that an oxymoron - a bit like (...) airline food, scottish success....?

I thought the Scots have successfully acquired the exclusive right to produce economy class airline food for entire Europe?  Confused



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User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7943 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (8 years 2 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3454 times:

Quoting Klaus (Reply 9):
Quoting KROC (Reply 8):
Isn't that (British humour) just a rumor, like the lost city of Atlantis?

Quite possibly, individual exceptions notwithstanding...!

The Queen?  duck 



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User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 16, posted (8 years 2 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3448 times:

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 14):
I thought the Scots have successfully acquired the exclusive right to produce economy class airline food for entire Europe?

You'd think so from tasting the stuff  Wink



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User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 17, posted (8 years 2 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3448 times:

Quoting Andreas (Reply 6):
"Schadenfreude"

The fact there is no equivalent term in English tells you all you need to know about German humour...  duck 



She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlineFlyingbabydoc From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (8 years 2 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3448 times:

Quoting Klaus (Reply 9):
Quite possibly, individual exceptions notwithstanding...!

Prince Charles, certainly....  flamed 


User currently onlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21410 posts, RR: 54
Reply 19, posted (8 years 2 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3437 times:

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 15):
The Queen?

Good point. Big grin

Almost a pity that we had to retire our whacky, spaced-out emperor after WWI...  crazy 


User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 20, posted (8 years 2 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3429 times:

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 14):
acquired the exclusive right to produce economy class airline food

when ? who ? where ?
would not matter much anyway

Quoting Flyingbabydoc (Reply 18):
Prince Charles

to defend them, Prince Charles has lots of humour, and the Queen apparently also, at times at least


User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 21, posted (8 years 2 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3423 times:

Germans - having no sense of humour ?

Well when Lothar Mattheus inevitably pops up in the next few weeks claiming he could do a better job of managing the German national team, that'll surely prove that some Germans DO have a sense of humour  Wink



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User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 22, posted (8 years 2 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3423 times:

Quoting Klaus (Reply 19):
Almost a pity that we had to retire our whacky, spaced-out emperor after WWI...

Got to consider yourselves a bit unfortunate. Who'd have thought that the relatively sane German monarchs would end up in Britain instead?



She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 23, posted (8 years 2 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3416 times:

Quoting Banco (Reply 22):
the relatively sane German monarchs would end up in Britain instead?

"relatively sane" ? do you speak about "Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha" and the upcoming "Battenberg" ?


User currently offlineAC773 From Canada, joined Nov 2005, 1730 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (8 years 2 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3413 times:

Yes of course the Germans have a sense of humor. I mean, you gotta have something to cheer you up after losing two world wars!  silly 

Seriously though, this is the only proof I need to know that they have a funny side. Utterly hilarious!


-AC773



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25 Post contains images Banco : My point precisely. The German one (i.e. the German German one) went to live in a caravan in Holland. I mean, I ask you....
26 Post contains images Cornish : So does that mean he ended up getting the water that the German Fraus used while shampooing their armpits which then subsequently....... oh never mind
27 Post contains images Skidmarks : Sorry, but "German" and "Sense of Humour" don't gel somehow. Bit like "Scottish" and "Abstinence" Andy
28 Columba : Germans have a sense of humor but you have to keep one thing in mind while spending an evening with Germans "Don�t mention the war"
29 Post contains images Andreas : The fact that you do know exactly what it means tells you a lot about the English version
30 Post contains images 9VSPO : Germans must have a sense of humour...I believe David Hasslehoff has been asked to sing at the opening of the World Cup ceremony!
31 Jush : Sorry but Bully's movies are just not funny at all. Ever seen the German version of the office... that's hilarious
32 Post contains images Banco : I think we might stick with our own one - you know, the original, creative concept, not a copy of someone else? We are seekers after humour. That ter
33 Post contains images Andreas : Ah yes....and don't we understand this oh so well!!
34 Post contains images Airwave : I keep reading this thread and I always end up thinking of the Monty Python sketch with "the deadliest joke" that the British use against the Germans
35 ME AVN FAN : suppose you mean Emperor Wilhelm II, the man who in his days as a boy often was on holidays on the Isle of Wight, with his grandmother, Queen Victori
36 Post contains images Skyman : See it's easy to make Germans laugh and I was born in north Germany. We are said to be the most reserved ones but that isn't true. It's hard to defin
37 Aloges : I see a pattern... I'm in Heidelberg, you're in Karlsruhe, Birdwatching is in Freiburg and in case he's a Nordlicht, too, there's three of us in Gün
38 Post contains images LTU932 : I believe that film is actually Austrian, not German. If you know the German language well enough, you'll be able to distinguish between the many Ger
39 Post contains images Skyman : Great you and birdwatching get the real cool towns. Why does Rhein Radar have to be in such a crap... not so good town. Heidelberg is really super. N
40 Yak42 : Well I lived in Germany for 6 months a few years ago and found it to be full of mirth. The German language I believe makes wordplay a little more diff
41 LTU932 : Ah OK. Nonetheless, it's a pretty good parody of those Westerns. And the name seems to be making fun a bit of Karl May's Winnetou (correct me if I'm
42 Post contains images Klaus : One word: Compensation
43 Post contains images Skyman : No you are right. It also includes other westerns like Bonanza " Die Puderrosa Ranch".
44 Post contains images N229NW : Yeah in the 70s I think German comedy just tried to copy Carry On Films, as if those weren't bad enough in the first place. There have been some good
45 Post contains images LOT767-300ER : German Humor? Surely I cant pass up the opportunity to post this:
46 LTBEWR : I like British humor and I am American. I have traveled to Germany 3 times (1997, 1990 & 2000) and from what I observed there (and elsewhere), just li
47 ME AVN FAN : you just do not wait for the laugh, as that comes later. Similar to the Austrians. The French-speakers are rather like the French. And the Ticinese a
48 RayChuang : What is interesting is the German word schadenfreude has come into US English common usage.
49 Post contains images LTU932 : Great. Thanks for confirming. I completely forgot about the Bonanza part in that film. That was something. As a matter of fact, my 9th grade German t
50 Post contains images TheSonntag : Just try to see the german 60s Sci-Fi series Raumpatrouille, and you will see how Germans can be funny without even trying to be so... I simply couldn
51 Post contains images Skyman : Since you are Swiss it's ok you posted it thanks. There is an old saying in German that goes: "Schadenfreude ist die sch�nste Freude". Schadenfr
52 LTU932 : In America. In the UK, I believe they call it a "Mobile".
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