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What does "Jemig de pemig" mean.

I am reading harry potter en de steen der wijzen, and Hagrid says this a lot. What does it mean.

3 years ago

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Jemig means crikey or jeez. And jemig de pemig is something similar to see you later aligator, so it is a similar exclamation of surprise. Jemig de pemig sounds very 1960's and/or very somebody who wants her/his language to sound unique. In this sketch and this sketch Van Kooten & De Bie let their hippy type Koos Koets use it. As an influential comical duo, Koot & Bie introduced a lot of new words in Dutch, in this case they helped reviving the existing jemig de pemig in the mid 1980's.

3 years ago

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Haha, I'm reading Harry Potter en de Steen der Wijzen too and I had had the same doubt! Sometimes it's really difficult to understand what Hagrid is saying.

3 years ago

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From context I can parse out some of the stuff he is saying ie is hij m'n is mijn Da's that is ter means der which means "of the". But it is defenitly difficult to understand

3 years ago

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Things like "ie" and are dialect.

"M'n" and "Da's" are just shorthand speaking language for "Mijn" and "Dat is" respectively in the same way there are short hands in English for "That is" or "He will".

"Ter" and "Der" are archaic pronouns for (I believe) female words.

If you can read Harry Potter, I gather your Dutch skills are ample to be able to read this in case you'd like to try your hand at understanding this part.

http://taaladvies.net/taal/advies/tekst/30/naamvallen_algemeen/

http://taaladvies.net/taal/advies/tekst/77/vaste_combinaties_met_naamvallen_algemeen/

3 years ago

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It's a fairly old statement meaning something like "Jeez!" or "Geez!" or "Jezus Christ!", in general used to declare one's astonishment. It was reintroduced to "Koot en Bie" in the mid 80s but is probably older than that. It goes in the same line as "Mozes Kriebel" or "Mozus Kriebel", which I think is an alliterative cross-reference to Jezus Christ, again meaning astonishment. There is a nice book about Koot en Bie's contributions to the duct language called "Jemig de pemig!: De invloed van Van Kooten en De Bie op het Nederlands (Dutch Edition) by Ewoud Sanders (1999)" but the Amazon page actually refers to a different book by Glenda Sanders, probably due to ISBN recycling or a simple typo.

3 years ago

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I'd say it means "holy moly!"

Jemig being pig Latin for "jezus domine". And pemig, well, rhymes with jemig.

3 years ago
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