Sometimes in colloquial German I hear people saying:
"Hey, dieser Eumel hat schon wieder seine Tasche liegen lassen"
"He, Du Eumel, komm' halt mit."
Obviously it is not really nice to say that to someone but also it seems not offensive either.
Duden is not very helpful when it comes to explain what is meant by an "Eumel" as there are two opposing meanings listed:
- (Jugendsprache veraltend) unsympathischer Mensch, Dummkopf
- (Jugendsprache veraltend) umgänglicher, sympathischer Mensch
So now, is an Eumel someone who is nice or is it someone who is unlikeable? Where does this expression originate?