Date: Fri, 5 Dec 1997 09:36:00 +0000
From: David Bergdahl bergdahl[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Subject: Re: "Ich bin ein Berliner"
Kendra Banks Perry wrote:
When I was in Austria studying German, my teacher told us that the word
"Berliner" does indeed refer to a jelly doughnut in some areas (every
little district seems to have different words for pastries). He said
that Kennedy's remark was, however, easily understood with its original
intent and was not the disastrous gaffe some people make it out to be.
Kendra Banks Perry
banks[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]andrews.edu
There is no question that Kennedy's utterance was interpretable in the
sense he meant it, but I believe the usual utterance would be "Ich komme
aus Berlin"--the "Ich bin. . ." sounds like a calque.
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