Plautdietsch word of the day: Veblindunk


Plautdietsch word of the day: Veblindunk

What it sounds like: a blinding snow storm

What it really means?


Shanzenfeld school always put on it’s annual fundraiser in late September. All young ladies made a platz or pie to be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Bidders usually consisted of young men who’d hoped that their pie investment might turn into a prospect of marriage.

In the above photo, we see Hein eating a piece of pie that he’d won with a high bid of a whopping one dollar and thirty-five cents! Leina was shocked that someone so handsome would pay such a high price for her pie! It appears that the investment paid off, as Hein and Leina were eventually married. Jacob Harder later regretted that he hadn't gone the extra 10 cents in an attempt to outbid Hein. 

Years later, Hein confessed that the pie had been less than stellar. It appears that Leina had used salt instead of sugar and too much cinnamon had been added. Hein’s veblindunk was such that he hardly noticed (or so he claimed ;-) He would later quip that it was the best $1.35 he ever spent! 

Hein got a job at Janzen's general store and Leina tended to the home while raising a family of five children. Lena eventually made much tastier pies ;-) 

Here we see Jacob Harder enjoying his winning bid of Judy Ginter's apple pie.  Judy's younger sister doesn't look impressed. 

Plautdietsch word of the day: veblindunk

Definition: infatuated, enamoured

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