robert meyer wrote:
> Gunnar? Huh?!? I lived in Germany in the mid 1960s, and the Germans
> always referred to a citizen of a city as whatever the city's name was
> plus a suffix of "er" - citizens of Frankfurt were "Frankfurters",
> citizens of Berlin were "Berliners", citizens of Hamburg were
> "Hamburgers." Only in America Frankfurters are sausages, Berliners
> are jelly rolls, and Hamburgers are fried meat patties; Americans just
> make up weird words.
Perhaps because I never buy or eat them I had never come across
"berliner" as a jelly roll! Hamburger refers to only one kind of meat
patty, that made from beef, though in the past one source of Trichinosis
in the U.S. was from eating rare hamburgers in which the beef had been
'supplemented' with pork.
But Kennedy's claim to be a Berliner had its grim side: it was an
implicit threat to blow up the world in 'defense' of Berlin, just as his
Inaugural Address signed the death warrant for several million people in