Prinzipienreiter

Someone who rides his principles as if they were a horse.

This is translated into English as a dogmatist, pedant or stickler.

(Prints EEP ee en RYE tah.)

Leuchtfeuer: Richtfeuer: Oberfeuer, Mittelfeuer, Unterfeuer; Leitfeuer: Molenfeuer, Einfahrtsfeuer; Quermarkenfeuer; Torfeuer, Uferfeuer

“Light fires,” beautiful lighthouse signal lights used to guide ships in darkness or other low-visibility conditions. There’s a bewildering but quite satisfying variety in German.

  • Guide fire (Leitfeuer): single lights used in a sectors system to communicate safe passages to ships; can use color, blinking rhythm, &c. (LIGHT foy ah.)
  • Jetty fire (Molenfeuer), entryway fire (Einfahrtsfeuer): a guide light on the end of a harbor’s wall or breakwater. (MOLE en foy ah,   EYE n fah rtsfoy ah.)
  • Crossways fire (Quermarkenfeuer): sector lights perpendicular to the channel. As in the Leitfeuer system, the middle sector is the safe passage and the outer sectors indicate a course correction is necessary. (KVER mark en foy ah.)
  • Directional fires (Richtfeuer) mark navigable channels with a top fire (Oberfeuer) and bottom fire (Unterfeuer) and—more rarely—a center fire (Mittelfeuer), aligned so that to ships in the channel they appear directly behind one another. (RICHHT foy ah, OH berr foy ah, OON terr foy ah, MITT ellll foy ah.)
  • Gate fire (Torfeuer), bank fire (Uferfeuer): lights along a riverbank.

(LOY chh t foy ah.)

 

bieder

Stuffy, staid, conservative, tame, unadventurous.

(BEE der.)

e.V., eingetragener Verein

“Registered association

(Eh f OW!.)

engstirnig

“Narrow-foreheaded.” Petty, picayune, mean-minded. Possibly also stubborn.

(ENG shtir nick.)

kleingeistig

“Small-spirited.” Narrow-minded, tending not to get beyond the details. Possibly also ungenerous.

(CLYNE guy stick.)

Wortklauber

“Word picker,” “word sorter.” A quibbler.

(VORT kl ow! ber.)

Kümmelspalter

“Caraway seed splitter,” cymini sectores. Someone who lacks the big picture.

(COO mell shpol ter.)

Federfuchser

“Pen foxer,” a quilldriver, a cunning pencil pusher.

(FAY der FOOKS er.)

Haarspalter

“Hair splitter.” Pettifogger, caviller.

(HAR shpol ter.)

Krämerseele

Having the soul of a person (a Krämer) who ran a traditional Kram store, a junk shop. Someone who constantly measures everything to find any tiny advantage for themselves.

(CRAYMER zay la.)

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