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English translation: Do you have to buy such knick-knack?

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23:18 Dec 15, 2000
German to English translations [Non-PRO]
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German term or phrase: Pippifax
ES GIBT DINGE, AN DENEN MAN NICHT VORBEI GEHEN KANN. DIE MUSS MAN BESITZEN. DANN HEISST ES: MUSST DU WIEDER SOLCHEN PIPPIFAX KAUFEN ? DOCH OFT WERDEN ES LIEBLINGSSTÜCKE.
Gillian Searl
United Kingdom
Local time: 08:58
English translation:Do you have to buy such knick-knack?
Explanation:
Knick- knacks are useless things, which serve no particular purpose, but to stand around.
In Muret-Sanders, where I confirmed the spelling etc. I found they translate it into German as:
Spielzeug, Kleinigkeit, Schnickschnack, Tand, Nippes, kleiner Leckerbissen Troedelkram and many more.
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Elisabeth Moser
United States
Local time: 03:58
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Summary of answers provided
naDo you have to buy such knick-knack?
Elisabeth Moser
nauseless gadgetsCarmen Berelson
natrifles, trivialitiesUschi (Ursula) Walke
nanonesense
Wilestrans


  

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1 hr
nonesense


Explanation:
"Pippifax" describes something, an item, you do not need, and which frequently is of neither use nor ornament.

Wilestrans
Germany
Local time: 09:58
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in GermanGerman
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2 hrs
trifles, trivialities


Explanation:
Pipi = wee(-wee) in baby language,
Fax stands for 'Faxen machen'= to fool around.


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Uschi (Ursula) Walke
Local time: 18:58
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman

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Michaela Sommer
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2 hrs
useless gadgets


Explanation:
This term is also used for issues a person gets upset about, which are of minor or hardly any significance. Example: Das ist doch alles nur Pipifax, darüber muss man sich nicht aufregen. (That's peanuts, don't get upset about it.)

Carmen Berelson
United States
Local time: 03:58
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
PRO pts in category: 4
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4 hrs
Do you have to buy such knick-knack?


Explanation:
Knick- knacks are useless things, which serve no particular purpose, but to stand around.
In Muret-Sanders, where I confirmed the spelling etc. I found they translate it into German as:
Spielzeug, Kleinigkeit, Schnickschnack, Tand, Nippes, kleiner Leckerbissen Troedelkram and many more.


    Muret-Sanders
Elisabeth Moser
United States
Local time: 03:58
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
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