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Gute Fahrt!

When you first learn the German language, or when you move to Germany or Austria or Switzerland, certain expressions will cause you to pause.

One well-intentioned phrase is sure to make you giggle.

When you are about to embark on a journey, your friendly Austrian or German or Swiss neighbor will wish you “bon voyage”, or “have a nice trip” in their own special way…

The phrase is “Gute fahrt!”

Every time I hear that, this is what pops into my mind:

“Gute fahrt” simply translates as “good drive”, but it still evokes a snigger from me!

It get’s even worse when you drive on the autobahn – the famed German freeway system. When you want to exit the road, you look for an “Ausfahrt”. Of course “aus” means “out”, and the double-meaning, cross-lingual puns start forming in your head.

While we’re in Potty Humor Mode, I’ll share another one with you. This port-a-potty was spotted near a construction site on the mean streets of Munich:

Never fear, the “A” word actually means “Ace” in German. And “Miet” is related to renting. So this is “Triple AAA Port-a-potty Rentals” in English!

5 Responses to “Gute Fahrt!”

  1. 1dave on Apr 27, 2010 at 11:13 pm:

    i have a tattoo of gutefahrt on my arm!

  2. 2nick on Aug 2, 2010 at 10:17 pm:

    my brother’s father-in-law who lives in germany translates “gute fahrt” into english as “fahrt cautiously”. who said germans don’t have a sense of humour? i suppose it’s more like “drive safely”

  3. 3Britt on Aug 20, 2012 at 1:05 pm:

    Johnny Depp’s surname in German would translate as ‘idiot’ – but no German I’ve met bothers to snigger about it.

  4. 4Rudy on Feb 28, 2013 at 4:32 pm:

    How about being asked by a little German boy having a bike race or “wet fahrt”

  5. 5PherfGuy on Feb 10, 2014 at 3:47 pm:

    Johny Depp–gets me every time!

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