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GLOSSARY ENTRY (DERIVED FROM QUESTION BELOW)
English term or phrase:shit happens
German translation:Dumm gelaufen!
Entered by: H. Tammen
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18:35 May 29, 2002
English to German translations [Non-PRO]
/ day to day life
English term or phrase: shit happens
when things go wrong
jeff fenton
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Summary of answers provided
4 +7so spielt das Leben- da kann man nix machen
Johanna Timm, PhD
4 +3Scheiße kommt und Scheiße gehtmalv
5scheisse gelaufen
june
4Et kütt wie et kütt
Cilian O'Tuama
4Mist gebaut
RWSTranslation
4'ist halt schiefgegangen'ovid
4c'est la vie
Cilian O'Tuama


  

Answers


8 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5
'ist halt schiefgegangen'


Explanation:
oder
'Unglücke passieren halt'
oder
'ab und zu geht alles daneben'
usw ...
ovid

ovid
United States
Local time: 12:33
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman, Native in German Middle High (ca.1050-1500)German Middle High (ca.1050-1500)
PRO pts in pair: 88
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59 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +7
so spielt das Leben- da kann man nix machen


Explanation:
Could not resist... I am looking at this poster in my teenager's bedromm everyday ;)

Taoism: Shit happens.
Confucianism: Confucius say, "Shit happens."
Buddhism: If shit happens, it isn't really shit.
Zen Buddhism: Shit is, and is not.
Hinduism: This shit has happened before.
Islam: If shit happens, it is the will of Allah.
Catholicism: If shit happens, you deserve it.
Protestantism: Let shit happen to someone else.
Presbyterian: This shit was bound to happen.
Episcopalian: It's not so bad if shit happens, as long as you serve the right wine with it.
Lutheran: If shit happens, don't talk about it.
Fundamentalism: If shit happens, you will go to hell, unless you are born again.
Judaism: Why does this shit always happen to us?
Calvinism: Shit happens because you don't work.
Quakers: Let us not fight over this shit.
Utopianism: This shit does not stink.
Darwinism: This shit was once food.
Capitalism: That's MY shit.
Communism: It's everybody's shit.
Feminism: Men are shit.
Chauvinism: We may be shit, but you can't live without us...
Nihilism: No shit.




Johanna Timm, PhD
Canada
Local time: 10:33
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
PRO pts in pair: 4358

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
neutral  Lucia Dogbeh, Ph.D.: The first smile on my face today. Danke, Johanna.
6 mins

agree  Andrzej Lejman: Scheint es überall zu geben. Die polnische Vrsion kursiert per e-mail zwischen vielen Büros in Polen :-)
25 mins

agree  Klaus Herrmann: I take it this is to say "'shit happens' is understood and used in German, too. If so, you've got 4950 Google hits on your side. And, thanks, I haven't seen this before.
58 mins

agree  Beate Lutzebaeck: ... thank you for not resisting ...
1 hr

neutral  Helga: this is great! But we shouldn't be shy about the s-word!
8 hrs

agree  Kathi Stock: great composition of s* - I enjoyed reading it :)
8 hrs

agree  Steffen Walter: Klasse, Johanna!
12 hrs

agree  Teresa Duran-Sanchez: HA HA HA! Great! Next time shit happens to me, I´ll try to be Episcopalian
15 hrs

agree  John Kinory: You forgot the Inuit version: Shit is a form of not-so-white snow
3 days16 hrs
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1 hr   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +3
Scheiße kommt und Scheiße geht


Explanation:
this isn't exactly what you'll write in a report for your CEO...

malv
France
Local time: 19:33
Native speaker of: Native in FrenchFrench

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Andrzej Lejman: or ABOUT your CEO? :-)
18 mins

agree  Helga
8 hrs

agree  man_: how do you translate "scheisse kommt und scheisse geht" to english?
2912 days
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23 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5
Mist gebaut


Explanation:
Jemand hat "Mist gebaut", d.h. etwas falsch gemacht

Noch vulgärer: "Scheisse gebaut"

RWSTranslation
Germany
Local time: 19:33
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman, Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 173
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3 days7 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5
c'est la vie


Explanation:
a (late) alternatve
although it doesn't imply the same degree of negativity as the English.

Cilian O'Tuama
Local time: 19:33
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in pair: 1724
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4 days   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5
scheisse gelaufen


Explanation:
This is definitely what most germans would say instead of "shit happens" - very common in classrooms :)

june
Local time: 19:33
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
PRO pts in pair: 7
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4 days   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5
Et kütt wie et kütt


Explanation:
is a rough equivalent in Kölsch. In Standard German: es kommt wie es kommt

Cilian O'Tuama
Local time: 19:33
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in pair: 1724
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