April 18th, 2009

German language double entendres?

 
Awkward and kind of naughty question: Are there any specific double entendres in German that really just don't work in other languages? Something oddly idiomatic that won't translate the same literally, or a particular word simply not having the same connotations outside of its original language. I'm unlikely to use individual examples directly, as they would likely be ridiculously anachronistic anyway (the setting being an alternate-universe 19th century Paris) but I'm attempting to think of ways in which sexual or simply sarcastic connotations intended in a statement could possibly get lost in translation. The double entendre/pun itself needn't be overtly filthy, but probably still something you wouldn't want to have to explain to your mother. Even really awful ones, equivalent to "that's what she said!" or "that's not what you said last night!" (Bonus points if it refers to homosexuality, even vaguely. Dang, this is starting to read like a really weird question. Still more bonus points if it's something with a pretty good vintage on it to begin with-- for example, I still know people who honestly use "to die" in English as an euphemism for orgasm. Any region, if they differ, and any social class.) 

The character in question is a native speaker of  what Wikipedia suggest would be North Upper German, and is modestly familiar with French, though not fluent. I'm afraid my personal knowledge of the German language is limited, and my access to fluent German speakers for the topic isn't great on this subject as most of them are my teachers. I wish there was some kind of crash course that could teach you 19th century filth-- I'd be all over it. Thanks for any help people here can offer!

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Writing a story, need help with a drug

I am writing a story and in a later point of the story, the main character who is an agent of a secret government agency 'persuades' a high ranking official of some evil syndicate that I have not yet named. He persuades the official by telling him that if he left the syndicate and gave his aid to help and destroy it, then he would have all past afflictions and illegal counts dropped. The agent slips the official a drug that makes him unaware of his actions and makes it impossible for him to recall any recent events. It can be administered in almost any way except syringe. It can be any kind of drug and it was not issued by his agency, he obtained it from his friend who does some chemical consulting for various companies. Anyway, he slips the official the drug and he completely forgets that he helped the agent bring the syndicate down and his promise to drop all charges against him and is then sentenced to life in a maximum security prison. Is there a drug that can give a person temporary amnesia without rendering them unconsious that lasts about a few hours and makes them sort of unaware of their actions? I am trying to make it seem as realistic as possible, so I need a real drug and quantity that will give the desired effect.