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In the section "Hohlspiegel" of der Spiegel is the following:

Schrottsemmel

3 Stück 0,99 Euro

(Aus der Bäckerei-Werbung in der Südwest Presse)

I'm guessing it must be funny because "Schrottsemmel" is a typo, since "Schrott" means scrap metal. But what is actually intended?

  • It's a typo which produces a weird new word. Literally it can be taken as "scrap (metal) bun". The first thing I actually thought of though was a really worn down car; "Semmel" as in "die Strasse langsemmeln", "Semmel" = "wheels"/"vehicle", also see "Möhre", "Kiste" – deceze Sep 17 '14 at 12:15
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I guess it should be Schrot instead of Schrott.

  • Note that Schrott is also a mildly colloquial term for goods that are defective or of poor quality. – Ansgar Esztermann Sep 17 '14 at 8:47

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