Humor Ordering Beer in Germany

Humor Ordering Beer in Germany is from a book by humorist Bill Bryson titled ‘Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe’, page 74.

This excerpt is about the humor of trying to order a beer during a trip to Germany.

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The food was Italian, but the employees were all German.

My waitress spoke no English, and I had the most extraordinary difficulty getting myself understood.

I asked for a beer and she looked at me askance.

“Wass? Tier?” (animal)

“Nein, beer,” I said, and her puzzlement grew.

“Fear? Steer? Queer? King Lear?”

“Nein, nein, BEER.” I pointed at the menu.

“Ah, BEER,” she said, with a private “tut”, as if I had been intentionally misleading her.

I felt abashed for not speaking German.

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[The irony of Bryson's situation is that the German word for beer is "bier" which is pronounced almost like "beer".]

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