Friday, December 9, 2011

Does Anyone Speak Baenglish???

We meet some really awesome people online. I’ve made some good friends in the past two years. Today’s guest is really special. Edi has been such a great friend and supporter. He lives in Germany, so it’s doubtful we’ll ever meet in person, but I imagine we’d have a great time discussing books, movies, and life over a couple beers. He runs Edi’s Book Lighthouse and covers everything from new releases, book reviews, movie news, and other oddities. If you’ve not made Edi’s acquaintance, then you are missing out.

So I’m turning over my blog today to Edi, with no requirements other than a dash of humor. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed!


I do not know what devil has ridden Alex to ask me to write a guest post on his blog. And to be honest I do not know what devil has ridden me to agree.

Of course I wanted to know what kind of guest post Alex had in mind. When I read his answer I blacked out ......

Alex wanted something funny because that is what people like.


everyone knows that to write something funny is one of the most difficult tasks. It gets even more difficult when you know that I'm not a native English speaker. I'm one of these boring and dry Germans who need rules and laws for everything. My favorite words are CONCEPT, PLAN, LIST, DEADLINE, PUNCTUALITY

In my regularly job as a programmer in a European team I can tell you that my colleagues hate and love me at the same time when I use one of the words above.

Beside that I'm ediFanoB - when you read it backwards you get Bona Fide - the guy behind Edi’s Book Lighthouse which is a sometimes strange book blog.
Edi likes to read, write and post in BAENGLISH. You do not know BAENGLISH? It is the wonderful mix of British English and American English which gives you the opportunity to use and invent words as you need them.
Even I'm a runaway (I think you use this strange word advanced in this case) BAENGLISH speaker and reader I have sometimes problems to understand jokes and gags. It gets worse when I try to tell jokes. I have a mastership degree in killing jokes.

Are you still there, pressing your nose against the screen? Incredible! I thought you fell asleep while reading the onomatopoeia of a quirky German.

So you have to read the rest of this post where I will explain what kind of gags I like, about age and of course a book recommendation. Its all Alex' fault!

I hope I really frightened you with my superlunary good idea to torture you with a brutal long and absolutely boring harangue about age, jokes and recommendation. Doesn't it sound familiar compared to sex, drugs and rock and roll?

I do not have problems to talk about my age. My avatar shows a female archer but I'm male.
Last year I entered Area 51 and since last summer I'm a B-52 pilot. You do not know what to Google? Try to find your age in areas, products, bands, songs, recipes , ...... I'm sure you will find something that fits. I look forward to your comments. It is sad that child can't write. So nobody will mention Twin Peaks…

Did you ever think about how life will be when you will be 70+? The older I get the more I think about it. But since I started to read a certain book series I'm no more longer afraid about getting older.

Imagine and apartment complex where most of the inhabitants are 70 and older. Imagine a group of women living in this complex. And finally imagine that this group of women founded a private eye agency.
I talk about the Gladdy Gold series by Rita Lakin. Gladdy and her girls are all young at heart, grounded, eccentric golden agers. Beside all the problems coming along with getting older they have a lot of humor and enjoy life. And it is a real life where even good friends can die.
No day is like the other even they have daily routine. Smart and sassy herione Gladdy with her incredible gladiators solve their cases in mostly unexpected manner. Of course the mysteries are not that difficult but the unbelievable presence of humor let you follow the story without any break. I still put a smile on my face when I remember walking frame races in shopping malls or sentences like "I don't like beans. They give me the gas." 

Even if you prefer to read science fiction and fantasy I highly recommend to give the Gladdy Gold series by Rita Lakin a try. I promise you, you will laugh out loud and aging will be no more longer a problem.

Oops! I think its high time to get my acts together before I get a sending-off for a far too long post.

Alex, I hope you do not regret your invitation to write a guest post. The comment section will tell you and me if it was a good decision.

Let me close my post with the words I use on my blog:


I have no regrets! Questions for Edi? Want to know about Germany? Or books? Or speculative fiction reviewing? Be sure to visit his awesome site, Edi’s Book Lighthouse And does anyone speak BAENGLISH???



A wonderful post, it's always lovely to meet people from different countries. I have never been to Germany. I will certainly pop over to see your blog.
Thanks to Alex to brining someone new to me as a guest.


helen tilston said...

A great guest post

Love the language Baenglish


S.A. Larsenッ said...

Very interesting! Thanks for introducing some of us to Ed, Alex. I admire his BAENGLISH conquest. I'm thinking that takes way too much brain power. :)

April Plummer said...

Though I have to say the Baenglish threw me off a bit, what a fun post! And the Gladdy Gold series sounds fantastic! Thanks, Alex, for introducing me to yet another blogger I must follow!

Marta Szemik said...

In Canada we're taught the British English, but since we're so close to US I find Baenglish in everyday writing here all the time - even my own. Perhaps the words are not made up, but the spelling in a piece contains both Englishes - is that a word? Great post!

Bryan Russell said...

Good post!

As an international editor by day, I not only speak (and revise) Baenglish, I speak Aragooglish (Arabic Google-translated into English), which is my all-time favourite language.

Bryan Russell said...

@ Marta

Actually, Canadian English is not British English, but a hybrid of both British and the American forms. And sometimes we Canucks just do our own thing.

For example, the British say "cheque" and "chequerboard", while Americans say "check" and "checkerboard."

Being slightly schizophrenic, however, Canadians say "cheque" and "checkerboard."

Apparently we have trouble making up our minds.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Yvonne, you're so close to Germany - you should go.

SA, Edi's pretty sharp.

April, please do follow him!

Marta, if not, it's a word now.

Bryan, that's funny!

Jeremy [Retro] said...

great post... i speak klingon

[would] SoH rur [a] [cookie]

have a great day
ghaj [a] Dun jaj

Jeremy [Retro-Zombie]
Visit The Madness:

Tonja said...

I learned French and Spanish when I was younger. Now I mix them up all the time and can never remember which is which. I know enough sign language to yell at my kids with my hands across a soccer field. Love the post.

Anonymous said...

Nice to meet you, Edi. Baenglish? Never knew that existed till today. :)

Rusty Carl said...

I'm no BANGLISH speaker, but I do love making up words, it's so much easier than learning new ones.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I can make up words! Dramastic is my greatest accomplishment. (That's when something is drastically dramatic.)

Amity said...

Hey Alex, that was an awesome guest post...fully entertaining...I wouldn't mind BAENGLISH...mine is as bad...Philinglesh...lols!

Blogworld is really a wonderful place where we can meet people of different nationalities, great isn't it?

I visited his page and that gave me an idea, I can promote your Cassafire in my blog by putting the link on my sidebar...i saw that on Edi's...:)))

Great choice for a guest post in your blog...I was smiling really, that's a break from your usual movie review stuffs!

Happy weekend Alex!

Old Kitty said...

Dear Edi - please release Capn Alex from solitary confinement asap. Many thanks.

Take care
p.s. hello Edi!! :-)

farawayeyes said...

Fun post. I must read the Gladdy /gold Series. Thank you Edi.I'm learning to speak Cruzan (English with a Caribbean influence)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jeremy, you are talented!

Tonja, the sign language thing made me laugh!

Rusty - lazy, but effective.

Diane, I'll try to remember that one.

Amity, thank you! I appreciate that.

Kitty, I'm out now!

Arlee Bird said...

I like your word list. Funny is fine, but seriously folks!

When I was a kid I'd look at grown-ups and think how they seemed so old. Now I back and realize that those "old" people were younger than I am now and I don't really feel all that old. It's all relative I guess.

Nicki Elson said...

So, it's like Golden Girls meets Murder She Wrote? Sounds fun!

My American sister living in London is becoming quite good at BAEnglish. A beautiful language. ;)

Are you really a B-52 pilot? That's so cool. You should totally blast Rock Lobster next time you're flying. :D

Nice to meet you Edi. Thanks, Alex.

Unknown said...

Hey! I'm a B52 pilot too. And I didn't even know it. I can speak BAEnglish too (with a touch of Portuguese - my mother always said I'd forget how to speak proper English when I moved away...sigh). Nice post :)

Luanne G. Smith said...

I have a few online friends who speak BAEnglish. :)

Karen Lange said...

I didn't know what Baenglish was until now. Thanks so much for educating me! Have a great weekend!

Anonymous said...

I suppose I do speak some form of Baenglish, much to the confusion of the people around me. And currently I'm a TM-31-200-1 "Unconventional Warfare Devices and Techniques," but next year I'll be the freezing point of water (in Fahrenheit).

I was trying to make a Laura Palmer reference, but I just can't seem to think of anything. I suppose I should remove the plastic wrapped around my brain.

Donna K. Weaver said...

Baenglish, huh? Years ago I worked for a psychiatric hospital, and one of our biggest complaints was the Psychiatrists always making up their own words. And all this time they just spoke another language.

Great post.

Suze said...

It'd be nice if you and Edi actually did have the opportunity to meet in person.

Talli Roland said...

Wonderful post! Being from Canada and living in London, I certainly do know how to speak BAENGLISH!

julie fedderson said...

You mean there's actually a language for made-up words? I finally have validation.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Lee, I can relate!

Joshua, remove the plastic before you suffocate!

Donna, now you know!

Julie, run with it!

Emily R. King said...

I'm from Canada (my grandma grew up in England), so I've always adored British humor. The mixture of English and British is fun to read.
Nice to meet you, Edi!

Ian Anderson said...

Thanks for the read! And I have thought about what it's going to be like when I'm 70...just this morning I was thinking about the bushy beard and eyebrows I want to have - in white of course. Then I can be as cooky as I want and people will just say, "He's old."

Laila Knight said...

I'll say Edi did a pretty good job in the humor category. Must have been the bottle of hefeweizen he drank before the post. I'm 1/4 German and can safely say I don't speek a word of Baenglish. :) Awesome guest post! Have a wonderful weekend.

Jemi Fraser said...

Fun post! Wonder if there are degrees in BAEnglish? :)

Leovi said...

Sorry, I neither English nor American nor BAENGLISH course, only the Google translator.

Christopher Hudson said...

Geez, and I thought my dyslexia was a threat to the language.

Hart Johnson said...

*giggles* Nice to meet you Edi! I speak BAENglish pretty fluently, largely because I am an American but an Anglophile (particularly British sketch comedy). Also love the sound of that geriatric PI agency!

RaveAir said...

Edi: I wish I speak Baenglish that level you are.

That post was very great by the way.

ediFanoB said...

@Yvonne from welcome to my world of poetry,

thank you for your kind words.Like you I like to meet people from different countries.

When you look at all the followers and commenter I think you will agree that Alex' blog is as exciting as the melting pot New York.

ediFanoB said...

@helen tilston,

I'm glad I found something to write about that people like.

The good thing with Beanglish is that it does take much time to learn and get used too it.

ediFanoB said...


beanglish does not take much brain power.
But as soon as you start to mix it with dialects ......

Anyway I think it would be great if every person on this planet could speak two languages: local language and world language.

I know there a languages like esperanto but I#m not sure if this will be the world language of the future.

Maybe It will be something like XLISH which means for me English mixed with words from everywhere ....

ediFanoB said...

@April Plummer,

to be honest there are more people using Baenglish than you think.

Gladdy Gold is a great series. I hope you give it a try and like it as much as I do.

Jay Noel said...

That was a fun guest post!

And I speak in morse code.

ediFanoB said...

@Marta Szemik,

I did not invent Baenglish. Your post is the literal proof for that.

I assume you do not only use Baenglish. You should also be familiar with Bacenglish = British- American- Canadian- English.

Julie Dao said...

Do they have a Rosetta Stone for Baenglish?! Great post! It's so much fun meeting writerly friends from all over the world.

ediFanoB said...

@Bryan Russel,

two comments! I'm delighted. It is not usual for me to get a comment from and international editor.

I think you can tell people a lot more about Baenglish than I did in my humble post.

ediFanoB said...


first of all let me say thank you for your introduction of my post and for the first replies.

Now I'm back from work (keepin mind the time difference) and I started to reply each comment individually.

It seems I found the right words. To read and reply all the comments is a great start into the weekend.

ediFanoB said...


Klingon is another interesting language.
There is a big difference between Klingon and Baenglish: There are Klingon dictionaries. I always have to use minimum three dictionaries:
- British English
- American English
- Urban dictionary for all the words I can't find in the previous two dictiionaries.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Man of Clay, that's funny!

Laila, he did good!

Jemi, we need to check.

Edi, since American English is already pretty mixed, we might not be far off from XLISH.

Jay, that's a unique talent!

Julie, if they don't, it could be an opportunity for someone!

Edi, you are welcome, and you found just the right words!

Lydia Kang said...

Silly me, I thought it stood for Bangladeshi + English. Anyway, it must be convenient to be able to invent words as you need them!

ediFanoB said...


every language we learn and use is an enrichment for our life.

It gives us the opportunity to communicate with more people.

It does not matter if you speak a language fluently or not or if you use sign language as long as people understand you.

RaveAir said...

Help! ediFanoB is an Baenglish warrior who has attacked this post with his tirelessy comments. ;)

ediFanoB said...

@Liz Fichera,

nice to meet you too Liz. Without learning something new everyday the world would be tiresome.

Look at the comments and you will see how many people use Baenglish.

But the most important thing is that we understand each other and we can talk about things even we live in foreign countries.

ediFanoB said...

@Rusty Webb,

are you sure that you do not speak Baenglish?

In Germany I know a lot of people who use Denglish (that's a mix of German and English).

I think the only country in Europe which takes care on the language is France with the Academie Francaise.

I fully agree with you that it is a lot easier to to make up words.

ediFanoB said...

@L.Diane Wolfe,

welcome to the club! every new word shows the progress of a language. And time will tell if you created useful words or not.

Thanks for sharing dramastic.

Johanna Garth said...

I think you managed to disprove all kinds of stereotypes about Germans ;) Great post!!

ediFanoB said...


thank you for your kind words. As you can see it does not matter which kind of English we speak as long as we understand each other.

I must ay I was not sure if people would like my post.

Alex will like your support. Just click on HERE I GET THE CATCH FIRE! BUTTON FOR MY BLOG


ediFanoB said...

@Old Kitty,

as you could read Alex has been released in the meantime :-)

Thanks for stopping by.

Have a great weekend.

ediFanoB said...

@Arlee Bird,

what shall I add? It's really all relative!

But there is one thing we should never loose when we get older: HUMOR

Is there a better medicine than to laugh ..

ediFanoB said...

@Nicki Elson,

Gladdy Gold is fun interspersed with a fluffy cream of worldly wisdom.

So you sister can teach you :-)

No, I'm not really a B-52 pilot. The name of the plane just contains my age.
I think it sounds a lot better than I'm 52 years old.

Nice tom eet you too Nicki.

Matthew MacNish said...

Sehr wunderbar.

ediFanoB said...

@Susan Roebuck,

great to meet another B52 pilot :-))

Any ideas what to do with 53 ?

A long time ago in school the taught us that only Oxford English is proper English. I will never forget the first time I went to England and tried to speak Oxford English. People looked at me as I were a visitor from Mars.

You use a language properly when people understand you.

ediFanoB said...


and the good thing is you understand them :-)

ediFanoB said...

@Karen Lange,

aslong as we learn new things we are not old ...

Jennibellie said...

Thanks for introducing us to Edi, and Edi thanks for the great description of the Gladdy Gold series, I'm definitely going to get into them by the sounds of it. Alex thanks for your kind comments on my blog - especially the encouragement through Nanowrimo & the beaded book took about a day and a half's spare time to make (as I already had the bad artwork to fill it haha).

ediFanoB said...


I think the people around you need to work in a multinational team. That would stop confusion soon.

Maybe The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer is an inspiration for you ...

ediFanoB said...

@Donna K. Weaver,

we all are inhabitants of the bedlam called Earth ...

When you read the comments you will notice that a lot of people speak Baenglish.

Psychiatrists like to hide behind words nobody understands.

ediFanoB said...


As soon as Alex is author of the year in US he will be invited to viit the Frankfurt Book Fair. I live near Frankfurt ...

ediFanoB said...

@Talli Roland,

it seems Canada is THE country of Baenglish speakers!

Thanks for compliments.

ediFanoB said...

@julie fedderson,

advertisement is permanently shouting out loud new words and some of them find their way into daily use ...

ediFanoB said...


nice to meet you too.
I like British humor too. I will never forget when I discovered Monty Python for the first time

ediFanoB said...

@Man O' Clay,

today you find people at the age of 25 who look like 90.

Gladdy Gold is the right thing to read when you think about age.

There is a famous song from a famous band starting with the lines
"When I get older losing my hair,
Many years from now, .... "

which I like a lot.

ediFanoB said...


I really hopy you will like Gladdy Gold.
Cruzan sound like a melodic kind of English.

ediFanoB said...

@Laila Knight,

I like Hefeweizen. But to be honest I was totally sober when I wrote the post.
After a few Hefeweizen I can write fluently in Beerish: schtat's ääa wounderfoul languasch. Cheerio Miss Sophie!

I'm sure you know more Baenglish than you expect.

ediFanoB said...

@Jemi Fraser,

I think you should ask Canadians for BAEnglish degrees.

To read a fun post is a lot easier than to write a fun post.

ediFanoB said...


if you are sad and down then Google translator is the right tool to change your mood within seconds .....

ediFanoB said...

@Christopher Hudson,

every new syllable is a threat to language ....

ediFanoB said...

@Hart Johnson,

nice to meet you too.It is great to read how many people speak BEANglish.

It is a big advantage when you read books. You never need to wait for UK or US edition. You always what read what is published first.

I'm sure you will like Gladdy Gold.

Sarah Ahiers said...

oh man, you're so totally right about writing something funny. I'm actually quite funny in person, but it rarely comes off in my blog. I have a really good friend, though, who is an amazing humor writer. It just comes naturally to her

ediFanoB said...


thanks for the kind words. as a I know that you translated games from English to Hungarian your English must be excellent.

I learned English in school. Then I did not use it for a long time.
It was around 2007 when I read my first fantasy book in English.

ediFanoB said...

@Jay Noel,

morse code is something really useful.

The only thing I know is:

· · · — — — · · ·

In world like this we need something funny from time to time.

ediFanoB said...

@Julie Dao,

a Rosetta Stone for Baenglish would be great.

I use several online dictionaries. And again and again I'm surprised when I translate a word from German to English and get more than ten results. It ends often in a lottery which word to use.

ediFanoB said...

@Lydia Kang,

the world of abbreviations is an endless one. Did you ever visit

ediFanoB said...

@Johanna Garth,

thanks for compliments. My European colleagues told me that I'm not a typical German...

ediFanoB said...

@Sarah Ahiers (Falen),

whenever something funny comes up in your mind write it down in order not to forget it.

We who do not belong to the people like your friend have to find other ways to write funny things.

M Pax said...

Nice to meet you, Edi & get to know you.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Johanna, he did!

Matthew - funny!

jennibellie, half a day is impressive!

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

Thank you for providing such a great guest post on Alex's blog. I love meeting new people. Also I'm writing down your book recommendations :)

ediFanoB said...

@M Pax,

nice to meet you too and thank you for visiting my blog.

ediFanoB said...

@Michael Offutt,

blogs are a great way to get to know new people.

I must admit I did not expect such a positive feedback.

Now I'm happy that I wrote this guest post.

Wanda said...

Interesting and funny post. Blogland provides the perfect opportunity to be expose to new things.

Carol Kilgore said...

I'm so late to the party. Nice to meet you Edi.

Happy Weekend to you and Alex.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Edi, I knew you wouldn't be disappointed!

Carol, you are never late.

Li said...

Old age is relative. I remember looking at my parents when I was young and thinking how OLD they were. Now I realize that they were in their 40s :-((

LD Masterson said...

Nice to meet you, Edi. (Alex, you have the most interesting friends.)

My Dad's family came to the States from England when he was a boy and I always loved my grandmother's Baenglish. I was often surprised when I was little that no one used some of her words but us.

SQT said...

I'm usually only unintentionally funny. ;)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Lisa, the older I get, the more I agree with that statement!

LD, I have some awesome friends!

SQT, that's how I feel - people keep coming back here because I amuse them unintentionally. said...

I can hear his charming Baenglish accent through my computer screen. I'll go check out the lighthouse.

Happy weekend, Alex.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Baenglish - love it! Great guest post!

Patsy said...

I agree comedy is one of the hardest things to write - wish I was better at that myself. You did a pretty good job of it here Edi.

Enid Wilson said...

Google and their recommendation: I don't understand why they only recommend men over 50 years old for me. Can I not go for a toy boy? As a programmer, Edi, perhaps you can fix this for Google. That can be No.1 on your list to save annoyed women in the world. Hehe, thanks for the guest post.

My Darcy Vibrates…

ediFanoB said...

@Matthew MacNish,

sorry Matthew I missed to answer you yesterday evening (German time). Do you speak German? Or did you listen to your German Shepherd :-)))

I'm father of one beautiful one lady and we have two cats.

ediFanoB said...


sorry, I missed to answer you yesterday evening (German time). I'm not used to receive so many comments.

I hope you will like Gladdy Gold.

Alex is an awesome guy. So we both can be glad to know him.

ediFanoB said...


thanks for the kind words. Blogland offers the opportunity to meet people from around the world.

And Alex' blog is a great place to meet.

ediFanoB said...

@Carol Kilgore,

it is never to late to join. Nice to meet you too. hope you have a good time.

ediFanoB said...


the guest post was a great idea!

ediFanoB said...


of course old age is relative. It always is in the eye of the beholder.

As long as we can cope with our own age without complaining ....

ediFanoB said...

@LD Masterson,

nice to meet you too.
Your grandmother is the proof that Baenglish is no new language.

ediFanoB said...


unintentionally funny is also a gift and provokes often great laughter.
So don't worry and enjoy your skill.

Not everyone can be a wisecracker.
I'm far beyond to be one.

ediFanoB said...


I'm not sure how I should describe my accent. One thing I can say for sure. It differ a lot from the singing like English from my Indian colleagues :-)

ediFanoB said...

@Tyrean Martinson,

thanks for the kind words. I think it is a challenge for UK editor to work together with an US author.
Anyway Baenglish makes reading life easier for me.

ediFanoB said...


thanks for compliment. It took me nearly to weeks to come up with the idea of this post and it took me another two days to write it.

ediFanoB said...

@Enid Wilson,

recommendation always depends on input. did you ever think about your expectations? Maybe young men can't deliver what you want.

To fix that in Google is as possible as to download the internet ...

Donna Shields said...

I'm all for learning a new language :) Great to meet you Edi.

Kittie Howard said...

Thanks for stopping by, Alex. I'll miss your Jan. 4th posting as we'll be somewhere in Tennessee on the last leg of our journey here to Va. Leaving for New Orleans on the 20th. We'll be on Bourbon Street on the 1st, after Pat O'Brian's party, catching Mardi Gras beads. Time to howl a bit!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Enid, you are terrible.

Kittie, you have a fun time!

Patricia Stoltey said...

This is a wonderful and fun post, Edi. And thanks a bunch for recommending the Rita Lakin mysteries. As one who's almost 70 myself, I'm a big fan of older ladies who have no intention of retiring (a bit like Rita herself).

RaShelle Workman said...

Awesome post! Baenglish rocks! Going to go check the bona fide cool dudes blog out. =D

Charles Gramlich said...

Mixing British and American English can definitely lead to some hilarious results, with the plays on words that mean different things in the two different versions of english.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Patricia, you don't look or act it!

Thanks, RaShelle!

Charles, in other words, you can contradict yourself with just one word!

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Alex, thanks for introducing Edi to us. He seems like a great guy!

Diese post ist wunderschön! Well, my German is pretty mediocre, but my Baenglish is quite good. LOL. I've always thought my English is a hybrid of British and American English, because I use specific words and phrases from 'both languages', but I had no clue this is called Baenglish! Just brilliant!

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Fun post. Just dropped to say thanks for having always been my friend, Roland

Leovi said...

Yes, the humor is essential to cope with life, and even more so when it's aging.

Susan Oleksiw said...

Thanks for the tip-off for the Rita Larkin series--it sounds just right. As for writing humor, I tend to do it when I don't mean to. I'm not sure what that says, but I can live with it.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Nebular, I definitely have two countries to visit in Europe someday!

Thanks for visiting, Roland.

Author A.O. Peart said...

Nice to meet you, Edi. Since I've moved to Seattle from Europe (Poland), my German got pretty rusty. Baenglish at least can be understood by an average English-speaking person, but Ponglish definitely not :-) I use Ponglish all the time with my Polish friends who live close by.

Chuck said...

Alex, I think 128 comments and counting indicate a good guest post...loved the read, Edi!

Denise Covey said...

Great post. Very refreshing. I must get hold of the Gladdy Gold series by Rita Lakin. Sounds awesome.

Are you really the stereotypical German that you make out Edi?


Elizabeth Mueller said...

Great to meet you, Edi! Have a fabulous weekend, Alex. Don't forget to breathe...

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Angela, Ponglish sounds funny!

Chuck, Edi is awesome!

Denise, I don't think he's typical at a;ll.

Elizabeth, breathing...

Helen Ginger said...

I like Baenglish. I understand about as much of it as I do German. I learned German from Hogan's Heroes.

Fun post!

dolorah said...

Nice to meet you Edi. And thanks for the book recommend. Sounds like a neat take on a mystery novel.


Bryce L. said...

Wow, loved this post. And seriously, Michael/Edi has such a great blog and sense of humor. Thanks for making this happen Alex. :)

ediFanoB said...

@Donna Shields,

nice to meet you too Donna. I think you have a slight advantage when it comes to learn Baenglish because you know half of the language :)

ediFanoB said...

@Kitty Howard,

thanks for stopping by Kitty. Hope you enjoy your journey.

ediFanoB said...

@Patricia Stoltey,

thank you for your kind words. I think Rita is doing a wonderful job with her Gladdy Gold series. It is wonderful that you still enjoy reading.

ediFanoB said...

@RaShelle Workman,

thanks for stopping by. A unique name makes it easier for people to remember. Glad you liked my post.

ediFanoB said...

@charles Gramlich,

playing around with words makes a lot of fun. And it is incredible to see how easy it is to give a sentence a complete different meaning.

ediFanoB said...


now you know which language you use :)

I must say that sometimes my wife and I struggle to find the right German expression. Nowadays German is peppered with English words.

ediFanoB said...

@Roland D. Yeomans,

thanks for stopping by. Glad you liked my post.

ediFanoB said...


true words. Fingers crossed that we never lose our humor.

ediFanoB said...

@Angela Orloski-Peart

nice to meet you too. The world is getting smaller. I think we never forget the language we learned first. And with Ponglish you unite the old and the new world. I pretty sure I would struggle to understand Ponglish.

ediFanoB said...


thank for compliment and kind words. It is great to see how many active reader follow Alex' blog.

ediFanoB said...


to be honest I can't deny traces of a stereotypical German especially when it comes to work. But that is all. The rest of me is far beyond. I think if I would be the described typical German my post would look completely different.

Hope you like Gladdy Gold as much as I do.
beside that

ediFanoB said...

@Elizabeth Mueller,

nice to meet you too Elizabeth. Your name sound German. But I could not find any hints in your blogger profile.

I wish you and your children a wonderful weekend.

ediFanoB said...

@Helen Ginger

nice to meet you too Helen. I must admit I had to google Hogan's Heroes.

To my surprise the series has been aired in German television.
1992 on Sat1 as "Stacheldraht & Fersengeld" and 1994 on kabel eins as "Ein Käfig voller Helden".

ediFanoB said...

@Donna Hole,

nice to meet you too Donna. The Gladdy Gold series is an entertaining read with a lot of humor.

ediFanoB said...

@Bryce L.,

Hi Bryce, sometimes I surprise myself :)
Thanks for the kind words about my blog.

even you are a lot more active. Two maintain two blogs takes a lot of time.

Alex is a great guy and his Ninja Amry rocks!!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Helen, I did as well!

Bryce, thanks for stopping by!

Nancy said...

Edi-nice to meet you. I visited Germany many years ago and was impressed by the lack of litter. Thanks for the book suggestion. At first, I thought you were referencing Kurt Vonnegut's Welcome to the Monkey house since it has that short story about the whole families crammed in together. That has always made me grateful we don't live too long. So I'm good with aging too. Fortunate, since I turn 40 in a week.

Cate Masters said...

I laughed out loud at your post, Edi, so, kudos and vunderbar! Inventing new words sounds fun, I'll have to give Baenglish a try.

ediFanoB said...


nice to meet you too.I read Sirens of Titan and Slaughterhouse Five in my youth.
It is a common rule in smaller villages to sweep the sidewalk in front of your home every Saturday.I remember when I turned 40. I got a 30 minutes helicopter flight around Frankfurt and Frankfurt airport. It was impressive. Anyway each age has its advantages and disadvantages.
Most important is that you enjoy your life.

ediFanoB said...

@Cate Masters,

what a compliment! Thank you. Read Gladdy Gold and you will continue to laugh out loud.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Edi, thanks again for doing the guest post!!

N. R. Williams said...

Great post and nice to meet you Edi. Thanks for having him Alex.

I think that series sounds like great fun.

Leovi said...

Mystery and humor is a great formula for a book to be fun.

Cat Lavoie said...

Awesome post! Thanks Edi and Alex!
My parents lived in Germany for four years back in the 60s. I'm always fascinated by the stories (and pictures) from their time there. I will defintely check out your site, Edi. Take care! :)

cd sutton said...

Hi Edi,
You may not have known what Alex wanted you to say but you find just the right words! Nice to meet you even though not in person.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Catherine, he runs a great site - please check it out!

CD, he did awesome.

alexia said...

Nice to meet you, Edi! I love that you have a female avatar.

Unknown said...

Edi, it so nice to meet you. I definitely will be checking out your site out.

Alex, thanks for sharing this brilliant guy with us.

ediFanoB said...


to write a guest post on a blog with more than 1000 followers is not that easy. and to write something funny is not easy too.

After reading and answering all the comments I must it was worth the time I spent for it including all the doubts and worries.

ediFanoB said...

@N.R. Williams,

nice to meet you too. Thanks for compliments and good luck and fingers crossed for your second book.

Gladdy Gold delivers entertaining and humorous hours.

ediFanoB said...


you're right with the formula. But you need a good author too.

ediFanoB said...

@Catherine Lavoie,

nice to meet you too Catherine. I remember the 60's partially. I t was my childhood. But fortunately German TV deliver often documentations about the 60's from music to economy. They are all in black and white but nevertheless most interesting.

GOOD LUCK for your 2011 writing marathon!!

ediFanoB said...

@cd sutton,

thank you for the kind words. After reading all the comments I can't deny that I found the right words.

Nice to meet you too. Even we did not met in person. But we would not have met twenty years ago.

The internet is a great opportunity to talk with people around the world.

ediFanoB said...


I have the female archer tattooed on my left calf.

Whenever I play role plying games on PC or video console my character is a female archer.

And before I forget, nice to meet you too alexia.

ediFanoB said...

@Melissa Bradley,

saw your post on my blog before I started to answer your comment.

Thanks a lot for stopping by. Have a great week.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Edi, you did fantastic!

ediFanoB said...

Hello Alex,

thanks for compliments which I return herewith.

I think we both can be happy with the result.