Urban legend

Hi Martin.

Thank you for your points,
However as curator of this project I thought this
“Urban legend” was one to allude to and seemed to
suit the theme of ex pats living and working
in Berlin.

Please see


On Sun, 11 Sep 2005, Martin Smith wrote:

> Saw your notice in ArtsNews about the Berlin weekend, and I hope it
> goes well – looks interesting.
> But I was disappointed to see you repeating the old story of JFK’s
> “gaffe”. It’s one of those myths that refuses to die. It comes up in
> various forms, because Berliner can mean a kind of pancake (not
> doughnut) as well as a kind of sausage, but its primary meaning is a
> resident of Berlin, so JFK was entirely correct in his usage, and the
> story must have started either maliciously, or by someone who didn’t
> know much German.
> JFK had his faults, but let’s criticise the real ones.
> Also, you cannot say “eine Berliner”, as eine is feminine and Berliner
> is masculine. It should read “eine Berlinerin”.
> Sorry to be picky, but someone has to do it!
> All the best,
> Martin
> Martin A. Smith
> Stained Glass Maker / Sculptor

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6 Responses to Urban legend

  1. Johanna says:

    hmm… just to continue the nitpicking… a Berliner IS a _jam_ donut, but they are called “pfannkuchen” in berlin, which in turn means “pancake” in the rest of germany! So it probably didn’t sound funny to the people in Berlin, but to everyone else it does!

  2. site admin ( mr_hopkinson ) says:

    I didn’t post this ( ? ) how come it says I did? Is that you Lady pretending to be me?

  3. richie paradise says:

    It’s a grassy knoll style conspiracy I tells ya.

  4. richie paradise says:

    Oh and there seems to be a german theme running judging by the last two blogs. Now that IS a conspiracy.

  5. ladylucy says:

    Hi yes it was me, but only cause that’s what the computer did and I din’t know how to fix it

  6. site admin ( mr_hopkinson ) says:

    ammended orriginal post to say posted by the 77flip

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