Would you be more inclined to translate “little disaster” as “kleine Katastophe” or “Katastrophchen,” since our intent is to use it as an affectionate term (as in “Unsere kleine Katastrophe” oder “Unser Katastrophchen”)? Or is there a better translation altogether? I wouldn’t want to miss out on getting the best humor value out of it.

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  • May 14, 2007 at 1:53 pm
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    Ha! Too funny.

    “Katastrophchen” is right out. “Unsere kleine Katastrophe” does sound like a term of endearment, though–it sounds like something you might call a terribly rambunctious child. So I think that’s what you’re looking for.

    -J

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  • May 14, 2007 at 2:49 pm
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    i’m not a native speaker, but I lived in Germany long enough to have the cred to be able to say I agree.

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  • May 14, 2007 at 3:16 pm
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    What a hoot! Actually, if it were my little disaster, I would prefer “petit désastre” — it just sounds incredibly sophisticated.

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  • May 14, 2007 at 3:55 pm
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    And that’s exactly what I would do too, if I lived in Historic Frenchtown. 😉

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  • May 14, 2007 at 3:56 pm
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    Vielen dank! This will make Karsten’s day. We’ve been laughing about this stupid insult for a while now, and threatening to nickname our house after it. Now we can.

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  • May 14, 2007 at 4:01 pm
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    roflmao! That was a major blonde moment, I must admit.

    However, in my own defense, I will say that there are some cities in Germany (along the French border) that do speak French, too.

    (er, did that redeem my blonde-ness?) 😉

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  • May 14, 2007 at 10:07 pm
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    It looks like I’m the only one who thinks so, but I would say that “Katastrophchen” is funnier.

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  • May 15, 2007 at 10:59 am
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    ROFLMAO, Kate! I can’t believe that. Well, nice pic of your house, it is, anyway.

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