The video below is a special project by Egri Nök.
Chancellor Angela Merkel is well-known in Germany for her fractured, incorrect, deficient use of the German language. Her oratorical skills were apparently at their worst when she made these brief remarks on the occasion of the first anniversary of last year’s truck jihad attack at the Berlin Christmas market.
Egri worked hard to render the Chancelloress’s solecisms in English, but it wasn’t always easy to do so. For example, in two instances Mrs. Merkel used the wrong case of the German word for “big”. English, being largely case-free, has no equivalent. So we all put our heads together, and Dymphna suggested the imaginary word “bigly” (which she says was invented by Scott Adams). In the text you’ll see other erroneous neologisms (or neologous errors) that were coined for the occasion.
Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
|00:00||We have gathered here today, on the first anniversary|
|00:03||of the return of the terrible terrorist attack on Breitscheidplatz.|
|00:10||This day has, for many people…|
|00:14||destroyed their former lives.|
|00:17||Twelve people died, many were injured.|
|00:22||And we all mourned today together with the relatives.|
|00:27||And… with the relatives, and the injured,|
|00:33||also dedicated this memorial here.|
|00:36||I have speaked with the bereaved yesterday|
|00:40||And with the injured.|
|00:43||It was a very open… and also,|
|00:46||from the side of the people who are affected, a very…|
|00:50||blunt conversation, that showed…|
|00:54||which weaknesses our state in this situation also…|
|00:59||showed. And for me, and I say this on behalf of the whole federal government,|
|01:05||this means… to work on…|
|01:08||that we improve the things that didn’t go well.|
|01:12||That we do everything humanly possible… not only to guarantee safety,|
|01:17||but the people, whose lives…|
|01:20||were destroyed… or whose lives were affected…|
|01:26||also to give them the possibility to re-enter life as good as possible.|
|01:32||Therefore, I will meet the grievers and the injured again in a few months,|
|01:38||to make clear: what have we learnt?|
|01:42||What will we do differently in the future?|
|01:45||And, by that, to help this – bigly|
|01:50||to also overcome this bigly attack so that|
|01:54||that as a state we can do the necessary in the future.|
|02:01||Today is a day of mourning, but also a day of the will|
|02:07||to make that, what didn’t go well, better.