translation of a German word
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16 Jul 2002 22:12 PDT
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I am looking for the meaning of the German word "bezechet". I have found it referenced on a few german websites, but cannot find an english translation, or any definition. I can tell from the translated sites I have seen that it appears to be some sort of historical reference. Can you please tell me the definition of the word, and/or what it refers to?
Re: translation of a German word
Answered By: till-ga on 16 Jul 2002 23:50 PDT
It´s a word that is not used in today´s common German. Many germans will not understand it today. It was used since the 16th century in the meaning of "drunk". It is derived form the word "Zeche" (engl. "bill") which is used in that meaning since the 15th century. Examples for the use of "bezechet" "Wer noch nie bezechet war, Der hat nie studieret" ("the one who has never been drunk wasn´t really a student") from: Gold und Silber liebe ich gerne ( http://www.lunaburgia.de/liedertexte/0013.htm ) or "Es handelt einer, wann er sich an einem Fasttag bezechet, zwar wider die Nüchternheit, nicht aber wider das Fasten." ("the one who drinks on a day of fasting breaks the rule of soberness, not the the rules of fasting") from Speisen und Fasten ( http://www.payer.de/kommkulturen/kultur092.htm ) I did the (rough) translations myself. Search strategy: ( ://www.google.de/search?sourceid=navclient&hl=de&q=bezechet ) And I used "Drosdowski, G. et. al: Duden. Etymologie. Herkunftswörterbuch der deutschen Sprache. Dudenverlag Mannheim." till
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Thank you for the answer. The translation is exactly what I was looking for, and the added context examples were straight from the web sites I had visited. I appreciate the information. I was looking for it in order to assist in an interpretation of a dream I had. The meaning and the context have helped quite a bit. Thank you again.
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