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Thread #69564 Message #2407651
Posted By: GUEST,leeneia
07-Aug-08 - 12:02 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Und was bekam des Soldaten Weib? (Brecht
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Und Was Bekam des Soldaten Weib
A word of caution here. Just because 'Weib' resembles the English 'wife' doesn't mean that it's the same word. In my German classes I learned that 'Weib' is now a derogatory word -- not as strong, perhaps, as 'bitch,' but nonetheless not a word to be used by the amateur.
Adrienne Cooper does a disservice when she translates 'Weib' as 'wife.' The word for wife is 'Frau.'