Whew!


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I had worried!


Does that seem skimpy ? That seems skimpy. Well, how about this . I was reading Lisa Jardine’s Worldly Goods: A New History of the Renaissance. In the last chapter she quotes a letter by the master artist Albrecht Dürer to one of his patrons. Dürer’s quoted as passing on his nephew’s thanks for two florins sent as Trinkgeld, money to get a drink. I’m delighted to learn that 16th Century German apparently had a perfectly legitimate word for “beer money”. Also that it’s adorable! I can’t imagine a more adorable term for this unless it’s whatever the Dutch version of “Trinkgeld” is. There must be a word for the joy of discovering an adorable German word for something. I bet it’s in French.

Author: Joseph Nebus

I was born 198 years to the day after Johnny Appleseed. The differences between us do not end there. He/him.

8 thoughts on “Whew!”

  1. My sister, who lived in the Netherlands until not too long ago, tells me the Dutch don’t actually have a single word for ‘drinks money’ – a pity, as Trinkgeld is quite a good one and should be available in more languages.

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  2. Aww, I was hoping you had made a blog entry on the studio master you found of an episode of the old CBS game show “Whew!”. With Tom Kennedy’s recent passing, I figured you figured it time to release it to You Tube.

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    1. I’m sorry to disappoint! I’d never heard of Whew! the series before, I’m afraid. The only obscure game show content I have around here is somewhere I once had a YouTube video to one of the episodes of The Magnificent Marble Machine, because of course I would. I think the link is now dead.

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