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Can you say „Schnuckiputzi“? (Or maybe try “Mausibärchi”)

Tongue twisted? Not for Germans. When it comes to pet names, Germans are amazingly creative – as opposed to given names, where the authorities still apply strict rules in comparison to England. You also can’t easily change the name your parents have set you up with, no matter how bad it is. Now don’t ask for the meaning of “Schnuckiputzi”. There isn’t any. The verb “putzen” translates to “cleaning”, but “Schnucki” is pretty free of any sense. It just sounds sweet. The Mausibärchi on the other hand is rather scary: A bizarre hybrid between mouse and bear, packaged in a cutesy word, yet still reminding me of some nightmarish creature closer to the Gruffalo than a beloved person. German pet nam

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