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I was on a train in the stretch between Wiesbaden and Basel the other day and a fellow was asking me for help in assisting a passenger in a wheelchair to disembark at the next stop.

I had trouble understanding this, because he kept saying something about noise. I kept hearing the sound räusch, which made me think he was saying Geräusch, and I couldn't make head or tail of his sentence.

Finally, in retrospect, I wondered if he might have been saying raus.

Is there a region of Germany where the word raus can come out sounding like räusch?

If not, what else might he have been saying that would have had something to do with helping a passenger in a wheelchair to leave a train?

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    Maybe you heard Rollstuhl which may in fact be pronounced räusch tu. – Janka Jul 11 '17 at 16:39
  • @Janka If you add that as an answer, I'll accept it. It seems more likely than the other answer. – Kyralessa Aug 14 '17 at 12:33
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The word Rollstuhl (wheelchair) can be heard as räusch tu, especially is south-west dialects.

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As this was the South West of Germany, it is quite possible that you encountered e.g. Swabian or Allemannian dialect. "Naus" is a common form of saying "raus" (hinaus) there.

In Swabian dialect it would not be uncommon to say something like

Keetsch mr mol hälfa deen nauszomhäaba?

(Könntest du mir mal helfen, diesen [Herrn] hinauszutragen?)

Other dialects could also be involved. The South West is rich of strong dialects.

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    Kosch mer mol mei radradra? – tofro Jul 11 '17 at 16:52
  • Abr erscht kommsch her d'abradradra! – Christian Geiselmann Jul 11 '17 at 17:50
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    Interessant. Mir fehlt allerdings die Phantasie, wo sich im Beispielsatz das vom OP genannte räusch verbergen soll. Könntest du das irgendwie markieren? – Arsak Jul 12 '17 at 6:28

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