lol I think janetfan just meant it in the "German woman" way. I wouldn't have known it would be offensive, either.
IMO the level of touchiness on this board is getting ridiculous. How about not taking offense when none was intended, and giving each other the benefit of the doubt?
I can't count the number of times I've been called miss, dear, darling, honey, sugar, a diminutive form of my name that I never use myself, forms of my married name that I never use, and so on. Sure, there are times when it's mildly objectionable. But usually it's a case of generational or cultural differences, poor memory, or obliviousness. Sometimes it even has a certain regional charm. I really don't see any point in getting all worked up about it - especially here. Can't we talk about figure skating in peace? Or go to the Cafe or Political forum.
Of course, this is JMO.
So let me get this straight. "Fraulein" is what we American soldiers are supposed to call a woman in Germany when we are offering her a chocolate bar to "get on her good side?"
Not, "hey, babe?"
This was in 1993 in Karlsruhe.
For non German speakers - "drei" prounounced like our "dry" is the German word for "three." Thus a "dry martini" ordered in parts of Germany may get you three vermouths.....
Last edited by janetfan; 11-15-2009 at 08:11 PM.