Is there an equivalent to the word chickenbutt, which is commonly used by young children in America, in German? If so, what is it?

Guess what? Chickenbutt.

You're a chickenbutt.

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    I guess it would help if you describe the meaning of chickenbutt. People here are supposed to have good German skills, but English skills are not necessarily as good. May 2, 2019 at 14:32
  • One might mention here the Zickezacke - Hühnerkacke rhyme which once was popular in youthful parts of German society (and was reflected by the Hätte, hätte - Fahrradkette response by candidate for Federal Chancelor Peer Steinbrück in 2013 on questions about mistakes in his election campaign team). May 3, 2019 at 9:54
  • The chant is Zickezacke Zickezacke! Heu Heu Heu!, similar to En. Oggy Oggy Oggy! Oi Oi Oi! often performed as a call-response sequence between cheer-on and crowd. If akin, these reflect a common theme. The meaning of Zickezacke and oggy is obscure. Compare a proposal, oggy from hoggan, note that /h/ may be lost, ignore the proposed meaning. Compare Hick-hack "hin und her". Assume that Haken and Zacken are rather similar in meaning. Assume sound change leads to altered meter. Wonder what Oi, Heu might mean, certainly affirmation. Hühnerkacke is the opposite, chickenshit.
    – vectory
    May 4, 2019 at 23:47
  • @Vectory - Both Zickezacke, zickezacke, hoi, hoi, hoi (to use the other common spelling) and "Zickezacke - Hühnerkacke* exist. It is possible that the second is an ironic variation of the first. Still it exists. May 6, 2019 at 0:21

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First of all what is this chickenbutt?

A win or lose game. The questioner tries to catch the questionee off guard by asking "Guess what?" as if they really have news.

A: Guess What?

B: What?

A: Chicken Butt!

In the above senario person A wins the game, had person B said Chicken Butt in response they would have won the game and person A loses.


There is a similar German "game" with tricking the questionee into saying a certain word which rhymes with a funny (cough cough) response. Here are some examples


A: Sag mal Tomate

B: Tomate

A: Deine Oma kann Karate (derber: Dein Pimmel kann Karate)


A: Sag mal Wolle

B: Wolle

A: 10 Minuten Arschkontrolle


A: Sag mal Ananas

B: Ananas

A: Deine Hose ist nass


A: Sag mal Leitung

B: Leitung

A: Du stehst nackt in der Zeitung


A: Sag mal Mütze

B: Mütze

A: Zehn Minuten Liegestütze


A: Sag mal Messer

B: Messer

A: Popelfresser


A: Sag mal Fenster

B: Fenster

A: Deine Eltern sind Gespenster

or similar

A: Was gibt 4 + 4?

B: 8

A: Du hast in die Hose gemacht

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    Oder soll ich Ananas machen? – Rocker Herbert explodiert: Wenn hier einer Anna nass macht, dann bin ich das ja wohl!
    – Janka
    May 2, 2019 at 16:20
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    One should add that this makes a very very childish impression. Even in elementary school there are kids who think others are idiots because they say this stuff too often. Which can even just mean more than once :-)
    – puck
    May 2, 2019 at 17:19
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    @Janka youtube.com/watch?v=fFUqD61JYMk&t=34s ^^
    – mtwde
    May 2, 2019 at 20:37
  • Thanks for excellent example from German subcultural areas. - Question however: The English version does not rhyme really well: "Guess what - Chickenbutt"... hm! Wouldn't for example "Guess what - chicken bot" rhyme better? And do American children not feel uncomfortable with the underperforming rhyme? Or is that game from a region where they pronounce "what" like "butt"? May 3, 2019 at 9:47
  • @ChristianGeiselmann I'm not sure whether that matters, or can be rhymed, but I guess maybe disappointment is the goal?
    – vectory
    May 4, 2019 at 23:23

At least in Austria, the game corresponding to the Chickenbutt game (as described by mtwde) is "der Stoascheißer Koarl" (in standard German "der Steinscheißer Karl"). In this game, you trick the other person into asking "Wer?" ("who"), upon which you answer "der Stoascheißer Koarl", thereby winning the game.

  • Is the word Stoascheißer seen as appropriate for children?
    – Schroder
    May 2, 2019 at 18:58
  • That depends. When I was a child, I heard a friends father say to him "Scheiß dir nicht ins Hemd" ("Don't shit your shirt", apparently from a time when children wore long shirts instead of trousers?) I certainly considered that inappropriate, but my friends father didn't. But even in my family, saying Stoascheißer Koarl wasn't seen as inappropriate.
    – sgf
    May 2, 2019 at 23:23
  • Und auch hier ein Belegvideo, Hader spielt Hader: youtube.com/watch?v=g_HjF5CF1ik May 3, 2019 at 0:51
  • @Schroder Why should Schtoascheißer not be appropriate for children? They very much enjoy talking about excrements at a certain age. May 3, 2019 at 9:44
  • @sgf compare Kleid, Kleidung, shirt, skirt, short, shorts, Schurz, Schuerze and especially old fashioned senses of Rock, "Kleidung".
    – vectory
    May 4, 2019 at 23:27

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