German Word of the Week: Tante Emma Laden

From the Niederrheinstrasse in Duesseldorf:

Tante_emmas_24_hour_kiosk

Explanation for non-German-powered readers below the fold.

A "Tante Emma Laden" (Aunt Emma shop), is a "mom and pop store" in German.

I assume the delicious irony of applying this term to a series of heavily-barricaded automats bathed in morgue-like fluorescent light will not escape my readers.

10 thoughts on “German Word of the Week: Tante Emma Laden

  1. But it is entirely possible that the vending machines are filled by an authentic Aunt Emma person.

  2. Oh, but please don’t rape our language and put hyphens in the word, like so: “Tante-Emma-Laden.”
    By the way: a Deppenapostroph in “Tante Emmas 24h Kiosk” would’ve been the Tüpfelchen auf dem i (= the icing on the cake). Again, correct spelling would be with hyphens: “Tante Emmas 24-h-Kiosk”, “Tante Emmas 24-Stunden-Kiosk” or, my favourite, “Tante Emmas Vierundzwanzigstundenkiosk” (no hyphens, sorry).

  3. @ Strontsman: The Deppenapostroph in Emma´s would not be wrong. It´s the so-called “angelsächsische Genitiv”, and is seen as right, as it helps to define the Name as Emma, otherwise it could be read as “Tante Emmas´ (sounds creek to me ;-)) 24h Kiosk.”

    Cheers Kuang

  4. Nice pic. Mom and Pop got tired of manning the store day and night! Then they got tired of paying the workers! Then they got tired of the customers. Perfect solution! ; -)

  5. Nice pic. Mom and Pop got tired of manning the store day and night! Then they got tired of paying the workers! Then they got tired of the customers. Perfect solution! ; -)

  6. Nice pic. Mom and Pop got tired of manning the store day and night! Then they got tired of paying the workers! Then they got tired of the customers. Perfect solution! ; -)

  7. Nice pic and word explanation. Looks like mom & pop got tired of working such long hours, paying their staff, and finally of the customers. Perfect solution! ; -)

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