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Posted by brokenstrings on Sunday, June 17, 2007

Well, being as it's Father's Day, thought I'd tell a story about mine.

Pop was what they call "ein waschechter Berliner, mit Spreewasser getauft," meaning that he'd been baptized in the waters of the River Spree and it didn't come out in the wash. In other words, 101% Berliner.

When my folks first came down to Florida, a Southern gent asked, "Do I detect the trace of an accent?" (Trace, my eye! He had an accent you could cut with a knife.)

"No," my father replied. "I don't heff en eccent--YOU heff en eccent."

5 comments on “NO, I DON'T HEFF EN ECCENT”

BConk Says:
Sunday, June 17, 2007 @2:13:27 PM


HoosierGal Says:
Sunday, June 17, 2007 @5:37:31 PM

LOL.. that's funny. I wish I could have known my paternal grandpa he was the first generation born in America, and his parents came here in 1880. I bet they would have been wonderful characters to know. Thanks for sharing your memory.

brokenstrings Says:
Sunday, June 17, 2007 @5:47:52 PM

Thanks, all. I'm not even first-generation myself.

Barbie_ Says:
Sunday, June 17, 2007 @7:37:05 PM

That's a great story!  My Dad came from Poland.  I remember sitting on my grandfather's lap while he told me stories and he spoke very little English.  Even though I didn't understand much of it, it was still a special time.  My Dad went back to Poland several times and could still speak Polish fluently. 

Where were you born Jessy?

brokenstrings Says:
Monday, June 18, 2007 @12:01:05 AM

In Germany, but I think we have a dash of Polish too. Something Eastern European, anyhow (along with German, Friesian, and two kinds of Jewish). Why else would I go so crazy for Russian food? BTW did you get to try a kind of Polish doughnut called pacszki (sp?)?

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