anhangen

English translation: attach

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German term or phrase:anhaengen
English translation:attach
Entered by: Robin Salmon
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06:06 Jan 10, 2001
German to English translations [PRO]
German term or phrase: anhangen
Den Armeleutegeruch hängten ihm erst die Historiker 20 Jahre später an. Einen Roller mußte man sich damals erst einmal leisten können! Und dann erst auch noch den König der Roller!
'Ihm' in the first sentence refers to the bubble car designed by Fritz Fend. What is the basic message here? Is it that it was only later that the bubble car was regarded as a poor man's car. When it first came out it was top of its class and you had to be able to afford a normal scooter before you could consider a bubble car? Or have I not quite understood this right?
Julie Neill
Spain
Local time: 14:03
attach
Explanation:
I would translate the whole thing as follows:-

"It was only twenty years later that the historians attached the "poor man " label to him.

A scooter was something which you really had to be able to afford in these days; and even more so the king of scooters!"

Hope this helps!
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Robin Salmon
Australia
Local time: 22:03
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Summary of answers provided
nafoisted, attributed
Chandu
naattach
Robin Salmon
nafob off on somebody
Mats Wiman
nanot to able to be free from
Mats Wiman


  

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22 mins
not to able to be free from


Explanation:
He could not free himself from the 'poor-people' smell..
The 'erst die Historiker' part is mysteriously unintelligible (seems like a mess-up)


    Norstedts de<>sv+ Norstedts en<>sv+MW
Mats Wiman
Sweden
Local time: 14:03
Native speaker of: Native in SwedishSwedish
PRO pts in pair: 1498

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Ulrike Lieder
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36 mins
fob off on somebody


Explanation:
Forget previous answer!!!
I suddenly detected the meaning of 'erst die Historiker':(
This 'poor-people' smell was only fobbed* off on him 20 years later by the historians.

*) synonyms: (to) palm, (to) foist
The source field should be 'anhängen'


jmdm. etw. anhängen
a) pracka på ngn ngt
b) beskylla ngn för ngt
c) smitta ngn med ngt



    Norstedts de<>sv+ Norstedts en<>sv+MW
Mats Wiman
Sweden
Local time: 14:03
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PRO pts in pair: 1498

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Ulrike Lieder
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54 mins
attach


Explanation:
I would translate the whole thing as follows:-

"It was only twenty years later that the historians attached the "poor man " label to him.

A scooter was something which you really had to be able to afford in these days; and even more so the king of scooters!"

Hope this helps!


    Cassell's German-English Dictionary
Robin Salmon
Australia
Local time: 22:03
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59 mins
foisted, attributed


Explanation:
Your understanding is quite correct. It's like appending a label later on, when nicer looking vehicles were seen on the road by the historians.

Chandu
India
Local time: 17:33
Native speaker of: Native in MarathiMarathi, Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 23
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