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|German to English translations [Non-PRO]|
|German term or phrase: schnickelfritz|
|is this a term of endearment?|
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It is not possible to translate this literally and without the context not quite clear how to read it, but rather than a term of endearment it sounds more like the opposite, i.e. like slang for someone playing excessively by the rules or being "pinickity".
Then again pinickity is another slang word learned in Ireland.
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A pinhead is a stupid person. A "Shnickelfritz" is a person who talks without thinking, or who engages in silly, idle talk. Some otherwise intelligent people do that.
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My stone-heavy Oxford International Dictionary has this spelling of the word, previously spelled 2 other ways in this discussion. Surprise to me, since I grew up thinking it was called "persnickety"! As in "He's sort of persnickety!" It was originally Scottish, origin unknown. :)Nancy
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schnickelfritz is a term of endearment
I do not think that there is a direct translation, but my father-in-law came from a German family and when he is playing with my sons, he playfully calls them "schnickelfritz". In answer to your question: This is a term of endearment.
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