Klaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 20845 posts, RR: 55 Reply 1, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1060 times:
Not exactly... "evil" in german is spelled böse - notice the umlaut.
By the way: The last prime minister of the german region state of Baden-Württemberg had actually the name Erwin Teufel - "Teufel" literally meaning devil. Even in that predominantly catholic state nobody ever even raised an eyebrow...
Klaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 20845 posts, RR: 55 Reply 4, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1038 times:
Quoting ACAfan (Reply 2): Thanks for chiming in. I dont know what the umlaut is supposed to sound like. In English, "Bose" rhymes with "nose".
Yeah, but the "ö" in böse would sound more similar to the english pronunciation of the "u" in further.
"ä" would be pronounced similarly to the "a" in the english at.
"ü" has no close relative in english pronunciation I´d know of...
German umlauts are actually contractions of "a", "o", "u" with a following "e": "ä" = "ae", "ö" = "oe", "ü" = "ue". If umlauts are not available, the combinations are actually used as "official" substitutes and umlauts are often sorted like the substitutes as well to facilitate phonetic searching.
Especially in names both Müller and Mueller would be pronounced identically and both variants exist.
Quoting CaptOveur (Reply 3): Geez.. someone under the age of 70 who was actually dumb enough to get assraped by Paul Harvey.
Wow... somebody clearly didn´t take his medication today!
MD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13333 posts, RR: 64 Reply 8, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 992 times:
BTW, did you read the text on the site the original post mentioned? The pope is against Harry Potter books, because they destroy the border line between "good and evil". He likes it black and white, the pope and doesn't accept that there might be a gray area. For him it is moral relativism.
Seems that he needs a bit of common sense!