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I hope I got that right : rucki zucki.

I have a CD where a man said :

Das ging rucki zucki.

Later he tells how crazy is at his new job.

What exactly does it mean?


Quick google search just gave this song. Other links are mostly useless.

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  • Oooh, it means really quickly... I always thought that was the German equivalent of willy-nilly :)
    – Anna
    Jul 29 at 11:13

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rucki zucki

or

ruck zuck

is another way of saying sehr schnell. Here is a reference.

In English you could say

in a jiffy

or

in no time (at all)

Source: dict.cc


There even used to be a German TV game show called Ruck Zuck where (at least one part) was about answering quickly.

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  • Most google results were somehow related to Austria. Your link tells that this is a slang. Is this some kind of austrian slang word? Apr 11, 2014 at 8:39
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    @BЈовић I've heard it in Germany as well, but it's kind of an old fashioned expression. You won't hear many young people (if any) use it anymore.
    – Baz
    Apr 11, 2014 at 8:48
  • You are right. My german colleague confirmed. And I just found this. Obviously I was searching for wrong thing. He said that zak zak is synonym. Apr 11, 2014 at 10:37
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    @BЈовић He probably meant zack zack, but yeah, you can use that as well.
    – Baz
    Apr 11, 2014 at 10:39
  • I think "zack zack" is more from Northern Germany.
    – celtschk
    Apr 13, 2014 at 18:28
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Bavarian here. Rucki-zucki is Southern slang (Bavaria/Austria) for „very fast“. „Zack-zack“ is the Northern/„Prussian“ equivalent. A bastardised form „racki-zacki“ exists as well. Used as a command, it means „Get on with it“ — „Aber zack-zack!“ as a slang alternative to „Aber schnell!“

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    Here in Berlin, both are used, but differently. I think your answer is wrong.
    – Carsten S
    Jul 31 at 12:06
  • Well, I can only speak for my own cultural background. What I said is how it is perceived (and used) in Bavaria. That‘s the thing with slang, it is regionally different. But it makes no difference for the OP‘s question - in that phrase it means „it was done very fast“.
    – rosehipjam
    Aug 1 at 18:04

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