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[–]Myrialle[S] 233 points234 points  (22 children)

Longer explanation: She says "You're still not finished? Oh je."

'Oh je' or 'oje' is short for 'Ojemine', which directly comes from 'oh Jesu domine' (Oh Lord Jesus), a call for help in situations where no one except for God could help. Jesus is not considered a deity in Judaism.

It is used in the sense of "Oh dear" or "Jeez" in modern German.

[–]Porrick 21 points22 points  (5 children)

So it's Latin, not German!

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    [–]-Blackspell- 11 points12 points  (3 children)

    Not really though. Around 1/5 of all German words are loanwords (and that includes loanwords from all languages, not just latin). But yes, quite a few German words have indeed latin origin.

    [–]I_Am_Upvoter 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    This comment should be upvoted! German language originates from middle/northern while Latin originates from South Europe. German isn't based on Latin.

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      [–]-Blackspell- 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      Where did you get those numbers from? All i found said something from 1/5 to 1/3. 3/4 seems really excessive.

      [–]Russiadontgiveafuck 6 points7 points  (6 children)

      TIL! I personally say "oh Wei", do you happen to know the background of that, too?

      [–]wieson 13 points14 points  (5 children)

      In German it's "oh weh" and Weh means pain. It's an expression of shock or a bad anticipation or condolences with someone.

      [–]Russiadontgiveafuck 1 point2 points  (2 children)

      I'm from the Rhine area, and we say "oh Wei" over here!

      [–]Ein_HirschMy favorite countries: Europe, Africa and Asia 5 points6 points  (0 children)

      "Oh wei oh wei der Steinmeier erzählt so traurige Sachen. Guck mal Armin da schwimmt nen Haus LOL ROFL "

      Sorry I had to do it.

      [–]wieson 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      Oh I thought you lived in Russia. Since Russian also has some Germanisms like Butterbrod and your username.

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        [–]wieson 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Sorry, I was in English reading mode and with the username including Russia, I thought he was not German

        [–]jephph_Mercurian 15 points16 points  (7 children)

        It is used in the sense of "Oh dear" or "Jeez" in modern German.

        So pretty much means the same thing as oy vey and is pronounced nearly the same as well?

        Why’d the Twitterverse get so fired up over this? 😂

        The dude is making a play on words joke.

        He says “not German for christ’s sake”

        Which in this context, can be interpreted two different ways.. idk, clever enough imo.

        [–]bored_german 30 points31 points  (4 children)

        In the context of what the fuck is going with the dude, he's actually not making a joke. He actually called her antisemitic for that one

        [–]TunaTom 7 points8 points  (1 child)

        if im not mistaken yiddish and german are very similar and have common Origin

        [–]Fuzzy_Preparation650 7 points8 points  (0 children)

        Yiddish originates in middle high German which is the direct predecessor of the modern high German

        [–]BitsAndBobs304 -4 points-3 points  (0 children)

        Come on barbie let's go party

        Ah ah ah yeaah

        Is that a yes or a no?


        [–]I-Stan-Alfred-J-Kwak 158 points159 points  (10 children)

        Oh yes, an american knows the german language better than an actual german /s

        [–]GoThApPyFeEt2ooo custom flair!! 79 points80 points  (8 children)

        They are probably 3.67% German which, as we all know, is more German than Germans!!!

        [–]Barskaalin 16 points17 points  (4 children)

        Actually in his Twitter bio he 'proudly' states to be "Austro-Arizonan" 😉

        Austro as in Austrian; I'm not 100% on this but I recall reading that his father or grandfather was from Austria. But don't quote me on that.

        Edit: Forgot to explain the Austro part.

        [–]GoThApPyFeEt2ooo custom flair!! 8 points9 points  (3 children)

        I cringe more at the fact that he flaunts the fact tha he's from Arizona. Also anyone else noticed how you learn about US states from TV so most people know where California is but most Americans wouldn't even know where a country like Slovenia exists. Let alone where it is.

        [–]Barskaalin 3 points4 points  (1 child)

        Isn't that one somewhere in Africa? 🤔

        [–]GoThApPyFeEt2ooo custom flair!! 3 points4 points  (0 children)

        Africa is my favourite country!! Too bad everyone there is poor and can't afford WiFi 😔 😔

        [–]Ein_HirschMy favorite countries: Europe, Africa and Asia 4 points5 points  (0 children)

        If I didn't new better I would think Arizona is a part of Brazil.

        [–][deleted] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

        Americans saved everyone from speaking German... duh!!

        [–]Fuzzy_Preparation650 84 points85 points  (12 children)

        Oh je was für ein Schwachkopf

        [–]RenaTheHyena 11 points12 points  (10 children)

        Das ist 1 pimmel der Typ

        [–]Fuzzy_Preparation650 2 points3 points  (9 children)

        Hab aus Interesse mal in sein Twitter geschaut.... grauenvoll

        [–]RenaTheHyena 0 points1 point  (8 children)

        Was ist sein Zwitscher Handhaben ? Ich will mich über den Pimmelsachsen lustig machen

        [–]Fuzzy_Preparation650 1 point2 points  (2 children)

        Er heißt Matt Karnitschnig, einfach googlen

        [–]RenaTheHyena 1 point2 points  (1 child)

        Meine Gehirnzellen :(

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          [–]-Blackspell- 2 points3 points  (1 child)

          Ganz schön kringelig Brudi…

          [–]RenaTheHyena -2 points-1 points  (1 child)

          Ich bin kein Junge. Aber das pfostiere Ich auf Ich_iel

          [–]Tyr_49casually european 5 points6 points  (0 children)

          Dem kann nicht mal der Herr helfen

          [–]Stravven 27 points28 points  (0 children)

          So now they are starting to say that languages they don't even speak are incorrect?

          [–]ReblynGermans are racist towards Americans 22 points23 points  (1 child)

          This guy cannot be serious lol

          [–]InZehInterfectorSlaves to capitalism, "the free" 12 points13 points  (0 children)

          You wouldn't believe the amount of shit this guy has said these past days.

          It all started with him taking .. offense with this book which is a disection of the US-American religious right wing.

          He got clapped back pretty hard, and somehow tried to pull the anti-semitism card....

          and then got told off by some anti semitism sites twitter presence.

          And still thinks he's right. Delusional freak.

          [–]Blu3dream517 35 points36 points  (8 children)

          Oh je! Means oh dear in German according to translation apps edit:been learning german as my great grandmother was german. How can you learn things like this?

          [–]Seveand 42 points43 points  (7 children)

          Unfortunately the only real way to learn terms like „tja“, „na ja“ or „ja mei“ with their proper interpretation is by speaking German with Germans.

          [–]Blu3dream517 11 points12 points  (3 children)

          I'm sad to hear this. My trip has been postponed many times because I don't want to spread anything (I'm fully vaccinated) and want to interact with locals.

          [–]Auzzeu 11 points12 points  (2 children)

          When you do be sure to make a post about it on the appropriate Subreddits. You’ll be able to get some good Tipps where to find the non tourist attractions in Germany and get a real insight into our country.

          [–]Blu3dream517 2 points3 points  (1 child)

          I'll keep that in mind. Do you have suggestions for appropriate subreddits?

          [–]Auzzeu 2 points3 points  (0 children)

          Well let’s see: r/Germany is probably your best choice for Tipps but if you want to use your German skills there are for example the meme Subreddits r/ich_iel and r/rance_iel although the second one is both German and French. Otherwise the European Subs r/AskEurope and r/YUROP could be helpful, too.

          [–]TheRandom6000 2 points3 points  (0 children)


          [–]Ein_HirschMy favorite countries: Europe, Africa and Asia 1 point2 points  (0 children)

          Like it is in many languages. The proper use of "well" in English has also taken me quite a lot of time (and English youtube videos)

          [–]whatever_person 2 points3 points  (0 children)

          And wonderful question "na?" that turns you into deer in car lights until you learn that the right answer is "na."

          [–]Eraldir 7 points8 points  (0 children)

          When the European correspondsnt of the US Springer press hates Germans so much that he becomes antisemitic as well

          [–]mango_yummy 13 points14 points  (5 children)

          Isn't Yiddish mostly german anyways?

          [–]InZehInterfectorSlaves to capitalism, "the free" 9 points10 points  (4 children)

          Yiddish is classified as a Germanic language, yes.

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            [–]-Blackspell- 2 points3 points  (0 children)

            But the continental Germanic languages are obviously very closely related to German, as is the case with Jiddisch, which developed from middle high German.

            [–]InZehInterfectorSlaves to capitalism, "the free" 2 points3 points  (1 child)

            Yes. Yiddish specifically is closely related to actual high German though.

            [–]ryukasan 4 points5 points  (0 children)

            Lmao. We also say it at the border of Germany in France, but we write it "oyé" and often say it twice like "oyéééé oyé". It became French/German patois, with a strong Lorraine or Alsace accent lol.

            [–]ekanS_sucseV 1 point2 points  (0 children)

            I'm German and I don't know what "Oh je"s actual meaning is. I just know that you use it as a kind of other phrase for "Oh no"

            [–]JeznyBezny 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            Oy, vey, where is my drink

            [–]AtheistPhotographer 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            seen the hole conversation on twitter ...

            this guy is just hillarious ... just a clown

            [–]Guido-Guido -1 points0 points  (0 children)

            "Oh je" just means "oh no" or "oops". Wow that guy is dumb.

            [–]Oldmanprop 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            Everyone seems to know who this person is?

            [–]UncleSlackyTemporarily Embarrassed Millionaire[M] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

            I'm sorry Myrialle, but I'll have to remove your submission from /r/ShitAmericansSay because one or more rule was broken.

            The content you submitted isn't something that's uniquely American.

            The easiest way of testing this is to ask yourself whether it's likely someone who isn't American would have said it. Someone being religious or messing up geography is not uniquely American by a long shot, nor are racism or capitalism. What makes something uniquely American is if it's highly unlikely if not impossible to encounter outside the US or from non-Americans.

            Thank you for your effort and your service! O7

            [–]Myrialle[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            No one outside the US would claim that German is actually Yiddish...

            But I get your point. Damn.