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Baer, Bier, Bahre, Beer
By Hans van Oost

Robbie commented in 000201 MMD about the organ named "Kleine Beer":

>[ Aw, I liked the name "Small Beer" -- let's have another!  ;)

This reminds me of the funny coincidences between the German, Dutch
and English languages.

 German  Dutch  English

  Bahre   Baar   Bier -- That's what we will all end up lying upon.

  Baer    Beer   Bear -- Beware of those lovely big creatures.

  Bier    Bier   Beer -- Let's have one more, please!


Hans van Oost

 [ I once translated a story from Wolfgang Brommer and assumed the
 [ wrong meaning.  Wolfgang was writing about a small organ played by
 [ a bear director, for a traveling show with live bears.  Therefore
 [ the organ is called der Baehrenfuehrer-Orgel.  But I thought the
 [ man was a funeral director!  See the corrected translation at
 [   -- Robbie

(Message sent Wed 2 Feb 2000, 21:39:17 GMT, from time zone GMT+0100.)

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