Schnick-Schnack is my new German word of the day meaning “absolute everything unnecessary” as translated by a student, Andreas e.g. extra features like handle bar warmers on motor bikes and McDonalds. That is, McDonalds the corporation that is “the acid corroding the art of living, eating and drinking in Europe” according to Andreas in an unexpected flash of eloquence. Christof, agreeing, added his outrage at going to the football and not being able to eat the traditional soccer snack of bratwurst mit brotchen washed down with German beer since the licence for all food and beverage for the stadium was bought by McDonalds and Budwieser. Quelle horreur.
After this discussion and an examination of the difference between flaws and fleas, Andreas sighed heavily and pronounced, “I have so many trouble with the English subtilities”.
I kept a straight face until I was walking to the train after the class.