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paulcs
30th April 2000, 17:13
Those sensitivity training classes at VIA must really be paying off.

We've all gotten used to DDR as the abbreviation for Double Data Rate RAM. However, many of us remember it as the abbreviation for the East German Republic. As someone on USENET pointed out, the use of the word "Zone" also (unintentionally, I'm sure) references East Germany (Soviet Occupation Zone), compounding the issue.

This reminds me of a story I heard about Vicks Vaporub's attempt to "penetrate" the German market without bothering to inquire as to what "Vick" might mean in German.

In any case, here's the page. I hope someone at Siemen's gives them a call.

http://www.viatech.com/news/ddr.htm

Paul
paulcs@flashcom.net

HollyBerri
1st May 2000, 00:10
I don't speak German, but I suspect it means something "obscene", since neither AltaVista, nor Triumvirate, nor Travelang will translate that word from German... or is it simply too colloquial (slang)?

Interesting.

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Hunsow
1st May 2000, 00:13
It's spelled "Fick" and to translate in english you only need to change one letter.

Paddy
1st May 2000, 06:22
flick?

Hunsow
1st May 2000, 06:56
I said change not add.

paulcs
1st May 2000, 09:15
The German "V" sounds sorta like an "F." (More like an FV, although this blend doesn't really exist in English.)

Paul
paulcs@flashcom.net

Jammrock
1st May 2000, 09:51
Sick?

Jammrock

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paulcs
1st May 2000, 09:59
It was "Lick." Lick Vaporub.

Paul
paulcs@flashcom.net

Jupp
1st May 2000, 11:00
Try an 'u' instead of the 'i'.
That's what Vaporub is all about.

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R.

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fAMoD
1st May 2000, 11:57
LOL
Now thats funny!

I live in Dresden/[Eastern] Germany.
Strange that the DDR lives on like that...
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btw: Jupp is right.

Jord
1st May 2000, 12:11
Suck?
Luck?
Patrick's Fluck minus one letter http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/wink.gif

Although I wouldn't advice anyone to rubb Vick anywhere close to it http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif

Jord.

[This message has been edited by Jord (edited 01 May 2000).]

paulcs
1st May 2000, 20:08
Jorden is right. Vick's Vaporub should not be placed anywhere near "it."

Not that I've tried it. http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif

Paul
paulcs@flashcom.net

Jorden
1st May 2000, 23:50
Think ouch,
Think ice
Think needing LOTS OF ICE!!
Think going to a doctor and needing LOTS OF ICE!!

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Jord.

P.S: Not that I ever tried that !! http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/wink.gif

[This message has been edited by Jorden (edited 02 May 2000).]

ahartman
2nd May 2000, 07:57
Jupp says:
Try an 'u' instead of the 'i'.
That's what Vaporub is all about.

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Vaporib?

Isn't any funnier than Ficks Vaporub. What am I missing?

Jupp
2nd May 2000, 23:27
Nothing.
Vaporib sucks.

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R.

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