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English translation: raree-show OR peep show

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15:28 Nov 30, 2000
German to English translations [Non-PRO]
German term or phrase: Guckkasten
Kasten auf historischen Jahrmärkten, in den man mit einem Auge hineinsehen konnte und eine "Attraktion" sehen konnte
ekimov
Local time: 12:16
English translation:raree-show OR peep show
Explanation:
Everybody's right!

According to NODE, a "raree-show" is a "rare show", an unusual and special form of entertainment, especially one carried in a box, such as a "peep show". The changed spelling and pronunciation came from the accents of Savoyard showmen.

According to NODE and Webster's, a "peep show" (original meaning) is a sequence of pictures (or perhaps objects) viewed through a lens or hole set into a box. The pretty girls came much later.

Problem # 1: If your readers are North American, they may not know the term "raree-show".

Problem # 2: If you use "peep show", your readers may think you mean the more modern usage with the nice ladies.

Good luck! - Dan
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Dan McCrosky
Local time: 12:16
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Excellent comments. Thanks!
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Summary of answers provided
nawhat the butler sawbuckel
napeep-show or raree-showRasikaG
nararee-show OR peep showDan McCrosky
napeep-showlindau
napeep-show
Mats Wiman
nararee showSabine Cane
Summary of reference entries provided
Guckkasten - stage architecture
Marc Heinitz

  

Answers


3 mins
raree show


Explanation:
Guckkasten - raree show

just something i know

hope it helps

Sabine Cane
Local time: 11:16
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5 hrs
peep-show


Explanation:
probably of a later date


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Mats Wiman
Sweden
Local time: 12:16
Native speaker of: Native in SwedishSwedish
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6 hrs
peep-show


Explanation:
I absolutely agree with Mats' answer, this is the correct term.Only in more recent years has the word peep -show been associated with you know what but was up until then connected with sideshow attractions that could be viewed through little holes against a small fee.


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lindau
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17 hrs
raree-show OR peep show


Explanation:
Everybody's right!

According to NODE, a "raree-show" is a "rare show", an unusual and special form of entertainment, especially one carried in a box, such as a "peep show". The changed spelling and pronunciation came from the accents of Savoyard showmen.

According to NODE and Webster's, a "peep show" (original meaning) is a sequence of pictures (or perhaps objects) viewed through a lens or hole set into a box. The pretty girls came much later.

Problem # 1: If your readers are North American, they may not know the term "raree-show".

Problem # 2: If you use "peep show", your readers may think you mean the more modern usage with the nice ladies.

Good luck! - Dan


Dan McCrosky
Local time: 12:16
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 1541
Grading comment
Excellent comments. Thanks!

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Trudy Peters
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3 days 12 hrs
what the butler saw


Explanation:
this an older (Victorian) version but sounds less x-rated than peep show


Yours Mike Harold

buckel
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4 days
peep-show or raree-show


Explanation:
Both these words are correct according to "Langenscheidt's Encyclopaedic Dictionary" - German-English


    "Langenscheidt's Encyclopaedic Dictionary" - German-English
RasikaG
Local time: 16:46
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Reference comments


3184 days
Reference: Guckkasten - stage architecture

Reference information:
If we are talking about stage architecture (i.e. in theatres or opera houses) then the 'Guckkasten-Bühne' would be a proscenium stage.


    Reference: http://www.corkoperahouse.ie/tech.php
    Reference: http://www.redbirdstudio.com/AWOL/stage.html
Marc Heinitz
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman, Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 12
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