06 August 2009

So long, farewell!

I'm dumb.

ADIEU.
Walker asked "what language is that?" I immediately said "German," and then "no, wait. That's French. In French it means 'to God' just like adios in Spanish." (It's a shortening of a Dieu vous commant ("I commend you to God").) But my inclination was to say that German people say adieu. I had no idea why I felt this way, knowing that the farewell in French is au revoir and in German is auf wiedersehen--both of which mean "until we see each other again."

Still, this feeling of German people saying adieu persisted.
And then I figured it out.
IT'S FROM THE SOUND OF MUSIC.

It seems I've watched that movie/musical so many times it's just been assimilated as a source of truth and fact in my brain without my knowing it.
The kid says "adieu, adieu, to you and you and you" and he's supposed to be German.
Well, shit.
Lol sorry Walker. Adieu is French. duh.

But this did lead to something a bit more interesting:

(I'm refering to that song in the Sound of Music where the kids are saying goodnight to the dinner party, and they say the little tag over and over again before each kid sings his/her verse, in case you haven't seen it a million times, like I obviously have.)

In English, they sing:
  1. So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodnight
  2. So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, adieu
  3. So long, farewell, au revoir, auf wiedersehen
  4. So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye
  5. Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye.

BUT THEN I FOUND IT IN GERMAN! Here's the link.*
In German, I'm not sure of this but it sounds like they sing:
  1. Tut schnell, farewell, ??, gute nacht
  2. Tut schnell, farewell, auf wiedersehen, adieu
  3. Tut schnell, farewell, bon soir, au revoir
  4. Tut schnell, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye
  5. Goodbye, tut schnell, auf wiedersehen, farewell
  6. Farewell, farewell, farewell.

And just because it's also the language in question, here it is in French.
They say the same thing every time:
  1. Goodbye, farewell, auf wiedersehen, bon soir.
  2. ...
  3. Au revoir, au revoir, au revoir.


I also found it in Spanish, and it seems they say "adios, adios, buenas noches, adios" every single time.
I also found it in Norwegian. It sounds a lot like German.

*Yes, when I found this, I laughed out loud. --a lot.

3 comments:

Chela said...

Heidenkind said:

Would the family Von Trapp have originally sung it in German, do you think?

Chela said...

yeah of course they would have sung it in German! jaja that's my whole point--that in my head I think of them as German-speakers... so I was thinking that Germans say "adieu."

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