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Thread #69564   Message #2410012
Posted By: Susanne (skw)
10-Aug-08 - 03:57 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Und was bekam des Soldaten Weib? (Brecht
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Und Was Bekam des Soldaten Weib
Quite right - 'Weib' and particularly 'Weiber' has a derogatory meaning in today's German Umgangssprache, but as language is a multi-layered thing to us all most Germans (if they listen at all) will gather that Brecht is using deliberately archaic language and that 'Weib' in this song/poem means 'wife' and nothing else, without any derogatory connotations. (Considering Brecht's bohemian lifestyle, it might also stand for 'Lebensabschnittsgefährtin', of course ... :-))