Pennsylvania Dutch Idioms and Expressions (German)
(jackass) - don't go so near to the fire.
He is as agasinish
(contrary, stubborn, self-willed) as a bull.
He is airlich
(honest) as the day is long.
He is such alend
Hi, ya, alter
(old man as a endearing term).
Ei-ya; he want and kicked the amer
Come here �once� and make yourself
bakont (acquainted, known).�
It hurts me so in the bauch (belly,
stomach) maybe I ate too many green apples.
Mind you � he went out bawr-feesich
(bare-footed) in �Chanuary.
That old beddlar (beggar) don�t come around no
more; guess he beddled himself enough money to quit
Give me just a little piece of bendle
When you get done with your biggla
(ironing) let's go in to town.
This country is full of dirty biscotza
That little fellow is the darndest
blabbermaul (talkative or blabber mouth)- he sure takes the
You never saw such a blut-kup (bald
For a fellow he's awful blaid
(bashful) when he gets alone with the girls.
(thank you �ma�am� on the road) nearly threw me out of the
The old woman next door talks all the time like
a bobbagoy (parrot).
Give me the county-seat bobbeer
(newspaper) it is just the right size for to cover good the pantry
That there boy will grow up to be a
bobble-maul (gabby) just like his mother.
Shaving two times every day is such a
bodderation (bother, trouble, annoyance)
to a man that has lots of work to do.
These new people are so brederlich
(gravy, or juice) I always like on my bread.
Go in the front room and get me my brill
or specks (glasses).
The dear little bubbelly
(baby) is so sweet like; she is so nice-behaved.
Oh, boy, what I would give to have a
buss (kiss) from her!
He's always at the buttle (bottle).
Butz (clean off)
your "gums" (rubbers or overshoes) before you come in the
(did you not) corrisseer (court) your girl at least a
year before you got married?