Sunday, August 19, 2007

on Goodbye


Oh how I wish I spoke Hebrew, French..or German..

Goodbyes can elicit such pain..
It has this finality that’s just so bane..

It seems though that in order to moderate
The bitterness that it seems to precipate
People and their languages..fickle that we are
Have come up with a more hopeful vernacular..

Aufwiedersehn...I”ll see you again
Au Revoir.....until I see you again
L’Hitraot......I’ll see you..
DoSvidanya......Until next time

Well..except English you see
Theres no such hopeful sortie..

soo I’d much rather be saying
Aufwiedersehn..
.. see you again..
(somehow...)

..than goodbye
So dry..



ps. The root of goodbye is from old English "May God be with ye" for those that are curious (as I am..)

26 Comments:

Blogger fashionista cat in a zero gravity shoe-store said...

Ach, David, in der deutschen Sprache gibt es so viele Möglichkeiten zu verabschieden... Es sind auch einige nicht so freundliche darunter. Ich finde es weitaus interessanter, dass man im Englischen Speisenden keinen guten Appetit wünscht;)

August 19, 2007 4:08 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

Weil amerikanische Nahrung nicht.:- so gut ist) Aber mit Goodbye..aufwiedersehn ist viel hoffnungsvoller

August 19, 2007 4:32 PM  
Blogger The Dreamer said...

LOL.

Af paam loh lamaditah ivrit? zeh mamash loh b'seder.

lihitraot!

(i like hebrew better than german, you see...)

August 19, 2007 4:45 PM  
Blogger Sara with NO H said...

You going somewhere?

August 19, 2007 6:26 PM  
Blogger the only way i know said...

my cousins in vienna speak deutch - and I enjoy hearing it - although it does give some people the shivers, and I wouldn't blame them

May G-d be with ye

August 19, 2007 6:27 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

Dreamer...
Betach ani medaber Ivrit..aval hee dibra iti begermanit az aniti begermanit...

zehu
aufwiedersehn

sara...
no..I have nowhere to go...

towik...
I'm also guilty of enjoying Deutch

amen!

way of topic here..but ok..
:-)

August 19, 2007 7:14 PM  
Blogger Sara with NO H said...

You can come here if you want. :)

August 19, 2007 7:59 PM  
Blogger Miriam said...

would it be less dry if we used "hello" in place of goodbyes? hehe. Just being silly.

August 20, 2007 10:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

:(

August 20, 2007 11:25 AM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

sara...
oh thanks..
california sounds nice..

miriam...
i doubt it..silly one..

anony...
i know

August 20, 2007 11:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it possible that there are some goodbyes in life that are unnecessary....that we do to ourselves?

August 20, 2007 11:52 AM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

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August 20, 2007 11:57 AM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

anon...
i think so...those are the ones that hurt the most..if they cant be taken back...

August 20, 2007 12:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't be taken back? Why?

August 20, 2007 2:49 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

anon...
goodbyes cant always be taken back...

August 20, 2007 2:56 PM  
Blogger BEHIND A SMILE said...

Are you leaving blogland too? :(

August 20, 2007 7:31 PM  
Blogger jewmaican20 said...

It's interesting...
An older friend of mine would specifically say "I'll see you soon.." rather than say "I'll see you later..." He felt than "soon" was more optimistic, and nicer...

August 20, 2007 10:51 PM  
Blogger Pragmatician said...

En francais on dit aussi ad'ieu ce qui est encore plus final que 'goodbye'.

August 21, 2007 4:20 AM  
Blogger Open Up! said...

so long farewell i hate to see you gooooooo

August 21, 2007 11:22 AM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

behind.a.smile...
no no..not going anywhere..

jewmaican...
hmm wonder when "soon" ends..and "later" begins..

open...
not goooing..
but thanks for the sentiment..

August 21, 2007 2:06 PM  
Blogger the only way i know said...

oh my gosh

HI PRAG!!!!!!!!!!

:-)

August 21, 2007 3:13 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

Prag..
Est-ce que mais quelle limite utilisé est plus ? et dans quel contexte est-il employé ?

August 21, 2007 3:26 PM  
Blogger Lady Delish said...

you are a world class tease

August 21, 2007 7:12 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

I am?
you;d rather I go?

August 21, 2007 8:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't forget (my favorite): to bid adieu!

Adieu is usually associated with a "fondess" or "cheery" farewell--much less dense, for sure.

August 22, 2007 12:08 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

anony...
Oh...Thanks for clarifying
In Italian..its Addio..I think..similar

August 22, 2007 8:57 PM  

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