Plautdietsch word of the day: spektoakel
What it sounds like: spectacles or reading glasses
What it really means; to immediately voice an opinion or objection at great length (whether it’s valid or irrelevant) and is generally not that welcomed in casual conversation, as it’s usually considered combative discussion. (to which almost everyone stays quiet in the hope that the person will just shut up)
Spectoakel = long rambling overbearing banter or speech (sometimes voiced loudly)
Example: Leina got together once a month with the ladies from Grunthal to make wareneki, which is of course made with glums from non-pasteurized milk. On this particular month, the Peita Lepp-shu suggested that they try making the wareneki a little different. She suggested making the filling with a mixture of pasteurized cottage cheese and lentils, to which Leina immediately exclaimed, “absolutely not! I’ve been making wareneki with the exact same recipe from the Mennonite Treasury for over 20 years and trying some other filling is not going to happen! Where would we be today if we’d started making wareneki with lentils or some other ridiculous filling like jello or pickled pigs feet or filling them with headcheese and hot mustard. No way! I’ve built a happy marriage with my cooking and Hein likes my wareneki just the way they are! He says they're even better than the wareneki his mother makes ,…………………………”
As you see, Leina immediately began to “schpektoakel” over the suggestion of trying a different wareneki recipe. Si funk aun tou spektoakele = she went into a long winded banter.
Here's a humorous birthday card to help all those who want to know if they identify as Mennonite and also offers them a clear opinion on glums wareneki :-)
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