German Words of the Week: Gink, Morp, Norf, Piwipp

Bildergebnis für soviet science fiction poster

Few people remember the East German answer to “Star Trek”, Raumschiff ‘Frieden’ (Spaceship ‘Peace’), broadcast from 1970-1973. The hyper-militarist aliens were called the ‘Erkrath’, and were led by Supreme Commander Piwipp, Captain Gink, and the ambassadors Morp and Norf.

Oh wait, no, Piwipp, Gink, Morp, and Norf (all g) are all names of places close to Düsseldorf. Sorry, my mistake.


“Imagine There Are No Countries…”

Yesterday, under the motto “#Seebrücke” (sea-bridge), protests (g) occurred yesterday in various German cities to support the operation of NGO rescue ships in the Mediterranean.

As anyone will tell you, the point of these protests was to support the humanitarian rescue of people in emergencies in the middle of the sea. After all, who could possibly oppose rescuing people in an emergency? Do you want people to drown?

Here we see a protester with a sign featuring the #Seebrücke slogan:


This man is appealing to your conscience as a human being. All he wants is for people in need to be rescued. Really, it’s so simple, people. How can anyone opp– wait, what’s that on his sign?

“No nations, no cry”?

So he also opposes the existence of…countries. Hmm, perhaps there’s a bit more to these protests than meets the eye.