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Rad Graban  Identity Verified
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Jun 27, 2009

Hi guys,

I used to love this song by "Bruce & Bongo" in 80's and it reached no. 1 in many European countries. Without trying to find out on-line what it means, I am asking here to get some more "insight" and probably some subtle meaning behind "geil" (if there is one). Why is Boris Becker etc. "geil"?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03FnBFscMVM

It is very silly, but I'm dying to know.


 

Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
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Cool Jun 27, 2009

It has the meaning of "horny", but at least in the 60's it was used by everyone in the meaning of cool, pop etc. Echt geil!
Regards
Heinrich


 

Lingua 5B  Identity Verified
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He he Jun 27, 2009

I found this title very naughty...icon_lol.gif



Yes, I agree with what Heinrich has said.I think "sexually aroused" is its first meaning, and it turned into " cool or awesome" later on..

As far as I know it can also refer to " hot or good-looking".. Boris Becker may be " geil" as in cool or awesome.






[Edited at 2009-06-27 19:34 GMT]


 

Rad Graban  Identity Verified
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LOL.:~))) Jun 27, 2009

Thank you so much.
I was pretty sure there was some "hidden" meaning behind "geil" since it was so famous. Still have no idea what does it mean as an "innocent" word. :~)))


 

matteo brambilla  Identity Verified
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^__^ Jun 27, 2009

I have always loved that song (even if I was only 2 or 3 yo at that time)!
Thanks for letting me know about the "hidden" meaning!

Tschuss!
Matteo


 

Kai Döring  Identity Verified
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"Innocent" word Jun 28, 2009

Rad Graban wrote:

Thank you so much.
I was pretty sure there was some "hidden" meaning behind "geil" since it was so famous. Still have no idea what does it mean as an "innocent" word. :~)))


the most "innocent" meaning of geil is 'very nice'icon_smile.gif

Das ist geil! --> That is very nice.icon_smile.gif))


 

Mats Wiman  Identity Verified
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Strictly linguistic into and out of Swedish Jun 28, 2009

Norstedts tysk-svenska ordbok
geil adj

1 kåt/kättjefull (randy, horny, sexually aroused, lustful, lecherous);
auf jmdn. (etw. ack.) ~ sein = be crazy about someone/something

2 häftig, fantastisk =super, cool, awesome;
[echt] ~! häftigt = fantastic, super, cool, awesome

Mats

[Edited at 2009-06-28 15:49 GMT]


 

Anke Guido
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krass Jun 28, 2009

Heinrich Pesch wrote:

It has the meaning of "horny", but at least in the 60's it was used by everyone in the meaning of cool, pop etc. Echt geil!
Regards
Heinrich


It still is used in that way by many, also educated, speakers in an informal context. I don't think younger speakers use it much. They tend to use "krass" or "voll krass" at the moment. I wonder what will be the next "cool" term to arise... And whether "krass" will be used as long as "geil"...


 

Sonja Kroll  Identity Verified
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In the 60 and ever since Jun 28, 2009

Heinrich Pesch wrote:
at least in the 60's it was used by everyone in the meaning of cool, pop etc.

It's being used so widely in this "cool" sense (and always was as far as I remember) that it was an actual effort for me to ban it from my everyday language when my kids began talking (when a baby finds something to his/her liking and calls it "geil", the word suddenly sounds peculiar). So we find that it has been used that way at least for the last 40 years. Bit shocking (I didn't know that!) because each generation seems to avoid it as soon as the next arrives. Well the efforts are obviously wasted.icon_biggrin.gif

Edited to add: When people refer to the sexually aroused state, they tend to employ different terms. In everyday language at least where the variety of alternatives is vast, including lots of localisms.

[Bearbeitet am 2009-06-28 20:35 GMT]


 

Daniel García
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Geiz ist geil! Jun 28, 2009

I like this word a lot. I learned it when I saw it used in the slogan "Geiz ist geil" from a major chain of shops selling electronic products here in Germany.icon_smile.gif

I think you can translated as "stinginess is cool" (because you could allegedly get very low prices in their shops).

Daniel


 

Wilmer Brouwer
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Dutch Jun 29, 2009

In Dutch it still has only the 'original' meaning, so for us it sounds very strange when Germans use it to say something is coolicon_smile.gif

 

Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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Afrikaans Jun 29, 2009

Wilmer Brouwer wrote:
In Dutch it still has only the 'original' meaning, so for us it sounds very strange when Germans use it to say something is coolicon_smile.gif


The word "geil" in Afrikaans means "fast-growing" and usually refers to plants only. The sexual connotation is very rare in Afrikaans, and never literal.

I remember reading a Dutch commentary on an Afrikaans poem that contained the word, and it was immediately clear that although the reviewer liked the poem, he had grossly misinterpreted it.


 

Lingua 5B  Identity Verified
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Afrikaans Jun 29, 2009

Samuel Murray wrote:
The word "geil" in Afrikaans means "fast-growing"


* coughs*

Symbolically speaking, it resembles the Dutch meaning.

icon_biggrin.gif


 

Gerard de Noord  Identity Verified
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Geil in Dutch and Afrikaans Jun 29, 2009

Wilmer Brouwer wrote:

In Dutch it still has only the 'original' meaning, so for us it sounds very strange when Germans use it to say something is coolicon_smile.gif


Hi Wilmer,

The meaning of geil has also shifted in Dutch. I remember how shocked I was when Simon Carmiggelt talked about 'geile aarde' (fertile soil) on Dutch television.

books.google.com/books?id=JGYTAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA344&lpg=PA344&dq="geile%20aarde"&source=bl&ots=5Gc4DX7mgx&sig=es52-F8TpFO_gCheu2iYix-9V_8&hl=en&ei=y8FISofhM8eMjAeDv9G4BQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1

Regards,
Gerard


 

Marcel Bas
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Geil - jags - glyerig Aug 28, 2009

Hi there,

Yes, the meaning of the Dutch word 'geil' has shifted from 'fertile, fast growing' to 'horny'. As it has in German, where it also means "great!".

This leaves us with the Afrikaans word that denotes "horny". Well, that is "jags". It must have derived from a Dutch word "jachts", which can be analysed as a genitive form of the noun 'jacht', which means 'hunt'.

So you could translate 'jags' more litterally as 'eager to hunt'. icon_biggrin.gif

"Geil" is related to words such as "glijden" (to glide).

Best regards,

R.


 
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