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HOW DO YOU SAY “SCHNITZLEIN”?

 

 

The correct German pronunciation is [SHNITS  line]   If you still can’t say that…. an easier Americanized pronunciation is [SNITS line]

 

Whenever you hear someone say  “Schnitzlein” it is polite to respond with  “Gezundheit!” or “Bless You!” and offer them a tissue.

 

 

 

 

WHAT DOES “SCHNITZLEIN” MEAN?

 

People often ask me what my name means and so I did some research to find out.  Apparently the first syllable, “Schnitz” comes from the German word “Schnitzel” which means “small inedible cookie.”  Another possible interpretation comes from the Austrian word “schnitz” which translates:  “one who rides subway while wearing a hat backwards” or “lover of movies about dinosaurs” depending on your inflection.  The suffix “lein” (pronounced “line”) apparently means “the shortest distance between two points” or  “something you draw with a crayon or pencil with the help of a ruler.”

 

Putting all these together, it’s easy to see that “SCHNITZLEIN” means “subway riding dinosaur who wears hats and eats cookies while drawing with a ruler.”

 

WARNING:  Among the Masai people in Africa, “SNEET-SLINE” is a curse word, so if you’re ever in Africa, don’t just going around saying “Schnitzlein” to everyone you meet.  You could be offending them.

 

Okay, if you’re reading this far, and you’re still not bored, you must REALLY want to know what Schnitzlein means.  Schnitz means “cut” and “lein” means “little” so together they mean “little cutter” or “little carver” or maybe “carver of little things.”  Honest.  No foolin’.

 

 
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