Mudcat Café Message Lyrics & Knowledge Personal Pages Record Shop Auction Links Radio & Media Kids Membership Help
The Mudcat Cafeawe

User Name Thread Name Subject Posted
Stefan Wirz BS: German 'Catters? Help with translation (70* d) RE: BS: German 'Catters? Help with translation 10 Jul 02

Could it be that it just don't make *sense* asking what *real* existing animal is meant by 'Meerhaeschen' - just like asking which *real existing* (human?) being could be meant by 'Rumpelstielzchen' (Rumplestilzkin - by the way another diminutive: '-chen') Why not leave it to (children's) fantasy to *imagine* what might be a 'Meerhaeschen' so tiny that it can hide in the hair of somebody)? Couldn't it be the Grimm's *motivation* to pick up a name which they themselves may have heard somewhere (i.e. from the 28. chapter of Jean Paul's 'Flegeljahre' who himself takes the name for a heading, but doesn't relate to it anywhere in his text, perhaps out of the same motivation!?), but didn't even know the exact animal behind the word (or - if they knew - could imagine that readers/listening children couldn't know about the exact meaning, may it be a snail or a fish or anything). In shorter words: 'Meerhaeschen' only being used as a means to stimulate the reader's /listener's imagination !?!

Back to the Main Forum Page

By clicking on the User Name, you will requery the forum for that user. You will see everything that he or she has posted with that Mudcat name.

By clicking on the Thread Name, you will be sent to the Forum on that thread as if you selected it from the main Mudcat Forum page.
   * Click on the linked number with * to view the thread split into pages (click "d" for chronologically descending).

By clicking on the Subject, you will also go to the thread as if you selected it from the original Forum page, but also go directly to that particular message.

By clicking on the Date (Posted), you will dig out every message posted that day.

Try it all, you will see.