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08:53 Nov 4, 2007
German to English translations [PRO] Marketing - General / Conversation / Greetings / Letters / Opinion surveys
German term or phrase:pauer
I have an Excel sheet with a bunch of survey answers and this word just came up. Not only have I never heard it before, but I can't find it in any of my dictionaries, so I'm figuring that it's either a typo or relatively new German Internet jargon.
The survey has to do with entertainment system/equipment companies (i.e. Sony, Nintendo, Panasonic, etc.), and this particular answer mentions desirable qualities for digital entertainment equipment. The word is surrounded by the following (originally in German): multi-functional, super-thin, super-light, sweet - and that's pretty much all the context there is to go on.
I was thinking that there is a slight chance that "pauer" might be an Internet jargon phonetic game on "power," equivalent to something like "sweet" or "awesome" in Am. English, but it's just a guess. I want to see if anyone actually knows the word (if it is one)!
The following might have happened: Your list is based on a taped interview/ group discussion. Somebody transcripted the tape and was either unfamiliar witht he English word or absent-minded - so the person spelled the word as he/she heard it.
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12 mins confidence: peer agreement (net): +11
Explanation: even before I read your own suggestion, I came up with the same idea ... it's simply phonetic. One sees similar assimilations quite often in German jargon.
EdithK Switzerland Local time: 23:28 Works in field Native speaker of: German, English PRO pts in category: 61
Good to see that I was on the right track with this one. Thanks to everyone for the confirmation and explanations!