"No beer before four!"
Translation:Kein Bier vor vier!
I am German and the saying is very old and so also in use in Germany.
The saying "kein Bier vor vier" (no beer before four) comes from the workers' culture, 2 useful facts are known:
1.) No beer may be drunk during working hours (AM 6 to 4 PM).
2.) Issue of beer as wage. In many German states, there used to be daily beer to eat or pay for; in the case of dangerous work, this beer was only available at the end of the day, after 4 o'clock.
PS: But I also stick to it on Sundays and now drink my beer after 4 o'clock. °)
there are literary devices called internal rhymes. The most known type of rhyme is the external rhymes that are commonly used because it is the most obvious type of rhyming. However, internal rhymes are just as qualifying and shouldn't be looked down upon just because it does not sound like the everyday rhyme to most people
Why is it not "keinen"? If you say "Einen Mietwagen, bitte" in the accusative because of the implied verb (ie; "[May I have] a rental car, please"), then shouldn't this be in the accusative as well for the same reason? (ie; [Drink] no beer before four.") Is it because Bier is neuter? Thanks to anyone who can shed some light on this.
This is incorrect.
You wouldn't say 'Einen Mietwagen, bitte', you would say 'Ein Mietwagen, bitte'.
(der) Mietwagen is the Subject (Nomimative case) in the above sentence, so 'Ein' is used.
In the sentence 'Ich fahre einen Mietwagen', 'ich' is the subject and 'Mietwagen' is now the direct object (accusative case) so 'einen' is used.
This table explains it better: https://germanwithlaura.com/definite-indefinite-articles/
Both definite and indefinite articles do get inflected according to case, gender and number of course. However in the case of a singular neuter accusative or nominative noun the indefinite article is just ein, and so we also say just kein (which gets the same endings as ein)
4:00 PM. The reason is twofold. 1) Because people typically have things to do during the day, and they probably won't be able to get them finished effectively if they're drunk. And 2) Because it's socially unacceptable to drink alcohol until the evening on account of the first reason, and because the people you need to work with don't want to have to see/hear/smell/talk to you when you're drunk. But even if you don't have any work to do, and you're just at home all day, it's still considered socially unacceptable, because people are judgmental pricks, and they'll think that drinking during the day is something that only losers do. It's a stupid and immature expectation that seeks to decide for other people how they spend their day, but that is the way it is. You've probably heard of "peer pressure" which is typically associated with one's peers trying to pressure them into doing drugs or alcohol. Well, this is kind of like the reverse of that: someone's peers trying to pressure them into not doing such things (at least until the evening, anyway). Not drinking until the evening makes sense if you have to be at work during the day, but other than that, it's stupid.
It's no so much that vor means "aloud", but rather that vorlesen means "to read something aloud" and the prefix sometimes detaches. The meaning comes from the whole and breaking it into parts is not always possible or sensible.
Consider that the phrases "to gobble something up" and "to wolf something down" both mean "to eat something quickly". This does not mean that "gobble" means "wolf" nor that "up" means "down".