Date: Sat, 29 Nov 1997 17:11:07 -0500 From: Ron Butters Subject: Re: "Ich bin ein Berliner" >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). I remember asking my German friends about this when I lived in Bamberg. They agreed that "Ich bin ein Berliner" was not the way a native would say it AND that it could be interpeted as meaning 'I am a jelly donut'; however, pragmatically, since it is not at all likely that that was what JFK meant, people did not tend to interpret it that way. One makes allowances for foreigners, after all.