ULT FTW: “Us Runs the Water in the Mouth Together”

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A literal translation of the German phrase 'mouth-watering'. This is part of the thriving ULT (ultra-literal translation) subculture, whose patron saint is Heinrich "Equal Goes it Loose" Lübke:

The term Lübke English (or, in German, Lübke-Englisch) refers to nonsensicalEnglishcreated by literal word-by-word translation of German phrases, disregarding differences between the languages in syntax and meaning.

Lübke English is named after Heinrich Lübke, a president of Germany in the 1960s, whose limited English made him a target of German humorists. For example, it was alleged that Lübke said to Queen Elizabeth II when they were waiting for a horse race to start:

  • Lübke's statement: "Equal goes it loose."
  • The sentence Lübke had in mind: "Gleich geht es los."
  • Meaning of the statement: "It'll start very soon."

In 2006, the German magazine konkret unveiled that most of the statements ascribed to Lübke have been coined inside the editorship of Der Spiegel, mainly by staff writer Ernst Goyke.

I once saw a woman wearing a T-shirt saying "With me is not good cherry-eating". I told her "Your T-shirt favors me."

2 thoughts on “ULT FTW: “Us Runs the Water in the Mouth Together”

  1. A state dinner in the Elysee Palace in the 1980s. Francois Mitterand turns to his guest and asks, “Helmut, why are you trying to drill a hole with your finger in the label on the wine bottle?” — “But Fronggswah, it says right there, ‘Bohr do’!”

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  2. A state dinner in the Elysee Palace in the 1980s. Francois Mitterand turns to his guest and asks, “Helmut, why are you trying to drill a hole with your finger in the label on the wine bottle?” — “But Fronggswah, it says right there, ‘Bohr do’!”

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