The German word “bitte” means “please”.

Combined with other words, it means more:

Bittebitte! (expandable by as many “bitte” as you want) = Prettyplease!
Wie bitte? = Say what?
Bitteschön (literally: pleasenice) = There you are.
Bittesehr (pleasevery) = There you are.
Na, bitte! = Told you so.
Also bitte! = Stop that!
Aber bitte doch! = Go ahead!
Bitte was? = That’s impossible.

Enjoy our language!


Mother tongue: words for mother in the Indo-European language family (by Vince FitzPatrick)

The Last Laugh
Wilfred Owen

‘O Jesus Christ! I’m hit,’ he said; and died.
Whether he vainly cursed or prayed indeed,
The Bullets chirped—In vain, vain, vain!
Machine-guns chuckled—Tut-tut! Tut-tut!
And the Big Gun guffawed.

Another sighed,—‘O Mother,—mother,—Dad!’
Then smiled at nothing, childlike, being dead.
And the lofty Shrapnel-cloud
Leisurely gestured,—Fool!
And the splinters spat, and tittered.

‘My Love!’ one moaned. Love-languid seemed his mood,
Till slowly lowered, his whole face kissed the mud.
And the Bayonets’ long teeth grinned;
Rabbles of Shells hooted and groaned;
And the Gas hissed.

Trenches on the Somme, Mary Riter Hamilton, 1919 (via @CanadaPaintings)

96 years ago, Nikola Tesla predicted a future with smartphones (via @JonErlichman)