Words of wisdom, Part II

wisdom.jpgEvery language has its “words of wisdom.” I talked about fortune cookie proverbs yesterday… but today, I have something even better – Pennsylvania Dutch proverbs!

These are from November’s Pennsylvania Dutch Heritage Group newsletter, which got them from “Proverbs of the Pennsylvania Germans” by Edwin Miller Fogel, Ph.D.

Vum saage was mer heert saage, Grickt mer gern uff’s Maul geschlagge.

That one means “Repeating hearsay often brings punishment.”

Die greeschde Sarye macht mer sich selwert.

That’s “One’s greatest cares are self-made.”

En zweebehnichi Sau gleicht niemand.

Any guesses? It’s “No one likes two-legged swine.” (Um… sure!)

And one more good word of wisdom:

Saag mir mit wem du gehscht un ich saag dir wer du bischt.

“Tell me who are your friends and I will tell you what you are.”

There you have it, good advice from our “Dutch” ancestors!

About Joan

My name is Joan and I'm a lifelong Yorker. Throughout high school and college, I swore I was getting out of here as soon as possible. Now, a few years later, I can't think of anywhere I'd rather be. I love my town, and I hear every day from readers who love their towns, too. So please, connect with me and let's share what makes life in York County great. I'm here to help you enjoy this place as much as I do!
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One Response to Words of wisdom, Part II

  1. Mark Grubic says:

    I never knew Pensylvania Dutch (German) could be written! I have heard it spoken, but written…that is a first. I sat here and tried to translate those words before I looked at your translations…ummmm….ok…I had to cheat and read what you had. I speak, read and write pretty fluent German and all I can say is WOW…no idea…I’ll weigh in on this a little later.
    Bis später,
    von Österreich

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