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Breaking News! Austria wins Eurovision Song Contest as predicted on this blog

Did you see the news? Austria won the Eurovision Song Contest. Find all details on the website of the BBC. Last time Austria won the Sing Contest was 38 years ago with this great song:



If you want to see past entries about this please go to that section of the blog.

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ÖSTERREICHISCHE MASSEINHEITEN Ich wage zu behaupten, dass es keine Sprache gibt, die so unverbindliche Maßeinheiten hervorgebracht hat, wie die Österreichische. Das Vage und Dehnbare in unseren internen Maßeinheiten scheint mir auch ein Indiz, ja eine Facette des österreichischen Wesens an sich zu sein.

Schaun Sie: An der Aufforderung: "Noch ein Wengerl, ein Wengerl sitzen, ein Wengerl da zu bleiben, noch ein Wengerl lustig zu sein" finden wir gar nichts bemerkenswertes mehr, noch dazu wo sich dieses Wengerl auch ausreichend von "ein Wenig" herrührend erklären lässt.

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Today we don't have a word but a phrase: "Langsam wochs ma zamm". This phrase got much bigger use in the song of Wolfgang Ambros with the song with the same title. Wolfgang Ambros is very important as he is the author of the second Austrian national hymn "Schifoan"

wochsn is the dialect word for the German wachsen and means growing or fostering. And this is what the whole song is about: Two people that had lots of problems but eventually came along with each other and growing together becoming one.

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Today's word is as great as the English “isn`t it”. Something that you can easily append to every sentence. However, as we are taking Austrian, so the word must be better, mustn’t it?

You can use Oida for everything and this repeatedly! A construct like “Oida, wos wüst Oida” is perfectly fine. Originally, Oida would translate to something like old man. However, in no way the person addressed needs to be old (I would even say the opposite is true) or male - remember we Austrians are politically very correct, especially colloquially. So words that imply that they are only male can be applied to females as well.

A fine piece of art was produced by the guys from Trackshittaz who made a great song with the mind enriching title “Oida Taunz!” Please have a look at it yourself here:



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