"Ist er der Bürgermeister?"

Translation:Is he the mayor?

August 9, 2015



burger master? ha ha ha I am so silly

August 9, 2015


Etymology lesson, go!

'Bürger' means 'a citizen'. 'Bürgermeister' is, literally, 'master of citizens'.

I'm guessing you find this funny because of the link to 'hamburger'. Well, in German, a Hamburger is a citizen of Hamburg. This is also the origin of the food's name.

It's not the only one- Frankfurter and Wiener are both foods in the States, but demonyms in Germany / Austria.

Fun fact for the day: there's also a position, which is immensely satisfying to say, which goes by the name of 'Oberbürgermeister'.

August 9, 2015


The way I learn German, since I have a bad memory and can't simply remember the word translation, is find some English translation and remember that. "Bürger" I remember as "citizen in burger town", so "burger master" fits my analogy perfectly :D

September 10, 2015


Yep, i thought this too when i was on a German short course - got a few laughs when i said this during class :)

December 3, 2015


Anyone else think of Burgermeister Meisterburger from Santa Claus is Comin' to Town?

May 8, 2017



May 24, 2017



June 4, 2017


Yes, that's exactly what I thought of when I first encountered the word Bürgermeister. That's my favorite Christmas special since the 1970s.

Then I also thought of one of the old mascots of McDonalds, "Mayor McCheese". He had a big cheeseburger for a head, and he was the mayor of the McDonaldsland. I guess McDonalds probably came up for the idea for that character from the word Bürgermeister meaning mayor.

June 7, 2017


This is literally the best name for a profession! What are you sir ? Me ? I'm a Bürgermeister ! Lmao

December 1, 2016


The mayors in germany are also burger masters? Awesome!

July 13, 2016


How is this feminised - is there a different word, or do we use "-meisterin"?

May 31, 2019
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