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What are the jokes in these quotations attributed to Paul Meyerheim?

Here are a couple of "witty" expressions attributed to Paul Meyerheim. I'm struggling to understand the humour in these - anyone able to help? Als Isadora Duncan in Berlin in Mode kam und ...
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Interpretation of riddle

This riddle is said to have been written by either Paul Lindau about Oskar Blumenthal or vice versa, and sent back from the recipient to the sender as it could apply equally to either. Die erste ...
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Willst du mich pizzen?

Ich habe vor einem Restaurant eine Anzeige gesehen, in der "Willst du mich pizzen?" stand. Nach dem Duden ist "pizzen" kein deutsches Verb. Die Bedeutung (dass diese Werbung um ...
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Der Fahrende Ritter: what is the joke?

I'm currently reading Harry Potter und der Gefangene von Askaban to improve my German. In the English version, Harry gets on a Wizarding bus called "The Knight Bus" after running away from home. This ...
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Wenn Otto ein Knirks ist und alle Knirkse wipstrisch sind, dann ist Otto wipstrisch

In a lecture I attented about "Aussagenlogik" there was the following sentence: Wenn Otto ein Knirks ist und alle Knirkse wipstrisch sind, dann ist Otto wipstrisch. I guess "Knirks" and "...
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Ist eine Übersetzung des "To Serve Man" Wortspieles möglich?

Das Thema kam vor kurzem bei einem Deutschlandbesuch auf, und trotz einiger Überlegung und Googeln, kam keine funktionierende Version heraus. Der Bezug ist zu einer berühmten Episode der klassischen ...
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What does ‘-hupf’ mean in ‘der Googlehupf’?

The article Knusprige Zukunft appears in the section of the taz.de called die Wahrheit. This section of the newspaper tells various fables. I’m quoting below the paragraph from the article where the ...
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What does this word play of ‘Macht’ and ‘macht’ mean?

I came across the following two paragraphs (the first paragraph is included for context purposes) in a Süddeutsche Zeitung article “Alle sollen erben”: Es ist höchste Zeit, dass etwas passiert, ...
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Perfect pangram using only common words?

Is there any German perfect pangram using only common words? The only one that I've found, was in another question here – German Pangrams: »Fix, Schwyz!«, quäkt Jürgen blöd vom Paß. But it is ...
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Onten und uben: mistake or on purpose?

"Denn auch onten und uben liegen viel näher beieinander, als uns die SPD und die Linkspartei glauben machen wollen" (source) I haven't been able to find "onten" and "uben" in any dictionary. Also, I ...
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What is the meaning of "Das wärmste Jäckchen ist das Cognac-chen"?

I have heard this from my German friend. I know what it means in English but I don't understand the context in German. They said it's really hard to explain properly. Is it bad? I hope not.
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How do you translate German wordplay into English? [closed]

This is a somewhat generic issue, I suppose, in that it affects both English-to-German and German-to-English translation. Today I came across what I thought was an example of good German wordplay: ...
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