Understanding German – Rathaus



We continue our “Understanding German Cartoon Series” with the German word “Rathaus”  (see Ausfahrt in case you missed that one).   In every small town this word is prevalent on signs and a central building.  It simply means “Town Hall” or “City Hall”.  But for those of us in the States who deal with a bunch of political rats in power, it can take on a whole new meaning.

Stay tuned…more to come later this week.

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  1. lisleman says:

    I’ve seen a few rathaus (I forgot how to make it plural) that had elaborate cuckoo-clocks on building. I think they knew the politicians needed entertainment.

  2. Binky says:

    Rathaus would be a more accurate term.

  3. duncanr says:

    I think this is one german word we need to adopt into english to describe our seats of government !

  4. Dave says:

    I told my wife about your series and she said that I should tell you about German word X. I thought I’d wait in case you come up with those X words. 🙂

  5. Jason says:

    I smell a rat.

  6. Tony McGurk says:

    Ha!!! Ironic that the Rats live in the Rathaus.When I was a kid my grandfather would say that if I didn’t behave he’d send me to the Rat House. I never figured out where that was.

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