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13:58 Aug 10, 2006
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English term or phrase: Pippi Longstocking quote - "local taxes"
There isn't a forum English->Pippi-speak, but I need someone who knows the Pippi-speak word for *local taxes* in the quote below.

I'm translating a speech that a client is giving to an international audience about entrepeneurship in which he
claims "the Pippi Longstocking trilogy can give us some hints how we could tackle a world and what pedagogical principles to apply if we aim at enabling human beings, organizations and employees to become entrepreneurs or more entrepreneurial. "

For those who understand German, here is the quote, and for those who don't, my translation so far, in the hope that someone recognises the passage and can tell me the English version!

„Große Menschen, “ so Pippi Langstrumpf, „haben niemals etwas Lustiges. Sie haben nur einen Haufen langweilige Arbeit und komische Kleider und Hühneraugen und Kumminalsteuern.“

"Grown-ups," said Pippi Longstocking, "never have anything funny. They only have piles of boring work, strange clothes, corns on their feet and *local taxes*.

(In German, the word is Pippi-speak, since the real German word is Kommunalsteuern, and she gets corrected by another character in the next line).
Craig Meulen
United Kingdom
Local time: 16:47

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4 +1income tax

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local taxes
income tax

I don't have the English version at hand, but it makes sense that it would be "income tax."

Lindgren's adult fairy tale, 'Pomperipossa in the World of Money', which was published in the newspaper Expressen in 1976, attacked unjust taxation. She had counted that her income was taxed at an annual rate of 102 percent. In the late 1970s the laws were made more reasonable - but not before the famous film director Ingmar Bergman was arrested and charged with income-tax fraud, and had suffered a nervous breakdown.

Note added at 1 day13 hrs (2006-08-12 03:18:13 GMT)

come-in tax? welcome taxes? in-law taxes?

Note added at 1 day13 hrs (2006-08-12 03:20:31 GMT)

properly taxes? municiful taxes? munificent taxes? outsize taxes?

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Notes to answerer
Asker: The point is, Pippi muddles up "real" words into "Pippi-speak". For example, she refers to "multiplication tables" as "pluttification tales" or something similar. So how does she mutate "municipal taxes" / "income tax"?

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agree  Heather Dawson
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  -> Thank you, spanisheather
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