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moniquester
Posted: Thursday, May 29, 2014 4:14:12 AM

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I've hit a snag in an assignment again. Here is a bit of the text:

Renate begruesste den neuen Pfarrer herzlichst. "Guten Tag, Herr Pfarrer!"
"Guten Tag, Frau -- ?" begegnete der Pfarrer.
"Renate. Renate Gruber." antwortete Renate.
"Also, Frau Gruber, wie kann ich ihnen behilflich sein?"
"Ach," seuftzte sie, "Mein Karl! Ich hab mit ihm die Nase voll."
"Ah so!" sagte der Pfarrer. "Und wie kann ich ihnen dabei behilflich sein?"


What does that mean? He gave me a head cold? The remainder of the context tells me that this is hardly what is meant. My intuition tells me it could mean something like "I'm fed up with him." But I am not sure what to think. Please help!



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rifefox
Posted: Thursday, May 29, 2014 4:30:00 AM

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Your intuition is right. :)
rogermue
Posted: Thursday, May 29, 2014 4:44:04 AM

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I'm fed up with him.
I'd rather say: Ich hab die Nase voll von ihm.

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Luker4
Posted: Thursday, May 29, 2014 4:45:10 AM

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nice idiom.

maybe it means "I have enough of him" ?
rogermue
Posted: Thursday, May 29, 2014 4:59:13 AM

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Tfd German, die Nase voll haben

Where does this picture come from? I can only guess. I personally associate this expression with a puppy that has to learn
that it can make its big job in the living room. To educate the young dog one pushes its nose near its waste matter.
This experience with the ugly smell in its nose is so unpleasant for the young dog that it will never do the same thing.

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There is a variant: die Schnauze (the snout) voll haben von etwas
Luker4
Posted: Thursday, May 29, 2014 5:06:13 AM

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we have in Polish similar idiom, but ours involves an ear rather than a nose.
IMcRout
Posted: Thursday, May 29, 2014 5:11:31 AM

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Just a bit of spelling:

Sie seufzte - she sighed

Difficult verb, I know. Whistle

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moniquester
Posted: Thursday, May 29, 2014 11:47:18 AM

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IMcRout wrote:
Just a bit of spelling:

Sie seufzte - she sighed

Difficult verb, I know. Whistle



Oops! I goofed in transcribing!


Thanks all for the assist!

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