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On a previous visit to Germany, I'm sure I've heard (although I may well be very wrong) native Germans using an abbreviation of Entschuldigung.

The abbreviation I think I heard was Schuldi or something similar sounding to this.

Am I correct?

Do Germans have an abbreviation for the word Entschuldigung that's in the common vernacular?

(and this may well be a region-specific thing).

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Yes, it's an absurdly long way to say "excuse me". When I was learning conversational Yiddish I asked if I could just say "shuldig" but people found that idea comical. We also have a Semitic equivalent though, "sei mir moykhal (lit. "be me forgiving...". – Marty Green Feb 29 '12 at 22:23
@MartyGreen: So 4 syllables are absurdly long, but 3 syllables are fine? Do you have an objective measurement to make such assertions? – user unknown Mar 1 '12 at 7:52
Sounds like a guessing game. How should we know what you have heard? – user unknown Mar 1 '12 at 8:50
@userunknown - I don't expect you to know what I heard (and I probably misheard it anyway) but the actual question is not based upon guessing what I heard but to ask if there is a legitimate abbreviation of the word Entschuldigung in common usage. No guessing required! – CraigTP Mar 1 '12 at 10:34
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I think what you heard was:


I'd say this is the "proper" and only abbreviation. It was used in a title of a newspaper article. When I (Berlin) speak in dialect and fast it might contract to something like:


"Schuldi" sound very unlikely to me as this would skip the last syllable, which is sort of decisive for the word. Schuldi could also be Schuldiger, Schuldige or schuldig.

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In southern regions the leading 'T' may also be ommited to make it sound like "Schulliung". – Takkat Feb 29 '12 at 11:09
Thanks and I wish I could give another +1 for the indication that, in this case, it's the last syllable for this word that is decisive making it far less likely that I heard "Schuldi". – CraigTP Mar 9 '12 at 11:17

As already mentioned: Tschuldigung seems to be the word you heard.

Sorry is also very common,

Verzeihung is another possibility. (I'm from South Germany and I wouldn't use it. But I think it is used in other parts Germanys)

In Switzerland you may hear also éxgüsee or Exgüsi (from the French excusez).

Sometimes I heard a 'Pardon` (French pronunciation).

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in bavarian dialect, french words are quite common like "merci", "pardon" but with german pronounciation – Rito Mar 2 '12 at 11:45

It wasn't what you heard, but nowerdays it's very common to hear a


from native Germans - well, we just like anglicisms...

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Indeed... I say sorry all the time – Emanuel Mar 1 '12 at 13:11
@Emanuel: Have thought about not doing so much bad, in order to not to have to say "Sorry" all the time? :) – sbi Mar 4 '12 at 21:09
you are right. I am sorry :D – Emanuel Mar 4 '12 at 21:28

When you want to pass someone who is in your way, say on an escalator, you could say "Entschuldigung", but - in Vienna at least - you can also hear "Gestatten?" ("Do you allow?") or "Darf ich?" ("may I?"), especially from older people.

Also, when spoken quickly in Viennese dialect, it can sound like "tschuigung".

Du "Du"-variation of "Entschuldigung" is "entschuldige", by the way, and it can be abbreviated in speech to "'tschuldige".

I've never heard "Schuldi".

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I think I never heard "gestatten" or "darf ich" in this context here in Germany. But I would understand the meaning, and it sounds quite nice! – 0x6d64 Mar 11 '12 at 10:10

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