19 responses to Do You Know These 10 PA Dutch Carpentry Words?
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    John Schmid
    Comment on Schreiner vattah (November 19th, 2015 at 14:01)

    Schreiner vattah

    1. Nail
    2. ?
    3. Rafter
    4. Wire
    5. Mud?
    6. Screw
    8. Square
    9. Screw driver
    10. Siding? (Weather board)

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    Comment on Do You Know These 10 PA Dutch Carpentry Words? (November 19th, 2015 at 14:57)

    2. girder?
    5. screw-nut?

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    Comment on Schreiner vattah (November 19th, 2015 at 18:18)

    Schreiner vattah

    Some words I can clearly understand from German (Deutsch [doitsch]) dialects
    but some others not
    Schreiner === carpenter
    vattah = Wörter (words)
    1. Nagel ==== nail
    2. possibly not German
    3. Spachtel = scraper, spatuala
    4. Draht ==== wire
    5. Mutter === nut
    6. Schraube = screw
    7. Zange ==== pliers
    8. Winkeleisen = angle iron
    9. Schraubenzieher = screw driver
    10. possibly not German

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    Osiah Horst
    Comment on Pa German words (November 19th, 2015 at 20:50)

    Pa German words

    #2 refers to joists
    #3 is rafters
    #5 is a nut
    #8 is a square
    #10 is wooden barn boards
    Trust me!

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    Osiah Horst
    Comment on John's answers (November 19th, 2015 at 20:52)

    John's answers

    John nailed all the words except for #2 and #5. These are very common words in our area.

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    Oliver Raendchen
    Comment on thank you Horst (November 20th, 2015 at 02:13)

    thank you Horst

    Horst, from my German background here in Berlin (Germany) I tried to understand the words.
    BTW, my father`s name is also Horst, but the name got old-fashioned since 60 years here in Deutschland.

    Vingle Aisah (Winkeleisen) was translated by google as “angle iron”,
    already I wondered a bit if this is correct English.
    Now it shows they have a Latin word for it (square).

    Imagine in automatic google translation
    they do not have

    they only have the one standard variant

    also interesting:
    Wetter=weather (and in ancient meaning is “wind”

    Thank you to the list and contributors, it was great fun, and I am keenly following the discussions on all spects of culture on this site.

    Oliver in Deutschland

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    Oliver Raendchen
    Comment on Do You Know These 10 PA Dutch Carpentry Words? (November 20th, 2015 at 02:23)

    bulgah = BALKEN (in deutsch) ; JOIST

    yes, of course if I would pronounce [balken] in southern German dialects it would come close to what you wrote,
    but your writing representation is just something own.

    as I deal with languages on a daily basis (Asian languages)

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    Comment on Do You Know These 10 PA Dutch Carpentry Words? (November 20th, 2015 at 09:05)

    Some of these words are similar to our Hutterisch ones. Others not so much. Always interesting to compare words between two related languages.

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      Oliver Raendchen
      Comment on Comparison (November 20th, 2015 at 13:46)


      Dear Linda,
      in this case it is even a comparison between 3 German dialects
      (I am the representative of the High [modern] German dialect);
      and even English is a Germanic language
      which ist still quite close to Deutsch, but has adopted more Latin words.

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Do You Know These 10 PA Dutch Carpentry Words? (November 20th, 2015 at 11:22)

    Beats me! But it’s always interesting to learn. As usual, I wish I could “hear” them, too.

    I’m being a little naughty, but some of them sound as though they could be used to replace some “naughtier” words, such as when you strike your thumb with a hammer! “DROTE!” 😉

    Alice Mary

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    Comment on Do You Know These 10 PA Dutch Carpentry Words? (November 21st, 2015 at 18:31)

    “Vingle aisah” is such a thing:


    What is the correct English name for it?

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    Comment on Do You Know These 10 PA Dutch Carpentry Words? (November 21st, 2015 at 18:41)

    Is the correct English name “L-Square Angle Ruler”?


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      Don Curtis
      Comment on Vingle Aisah (November 24th, 2015 at 13:42)

      Vingle Aisah

      Well, I asked my son, Mark, about this. I don’t speak any Pennsylvania Dutch but he is quite fluent. He said that a vingle aisah in English is a carpenter’s square. Translated literally he says it means an angle iron. Aisah is Pennsylvania German for iron. For example he says a horse shoe is a hoof aisah. “Mein gaul hut si aisah schmissa.” My horse threw his shoe.

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        Oliver Raendchen
        Comment on re: Don Curtis (November 25th, 2015 at 05:40)

        re: Don Curtis

        this small talk is so cute:
        it is a very
        lovely German dialect
        which also reflects a bit upon mentalities.

        In a search for German culture,
        I am comparing such kind of German dialects in Siebenbuergen (Romania), Austria, Swizzerland, Elsass (France), etc.
        which goes along with habits and approaches expressed therein.

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    Comment on Happy Thanksgiving! (November 25th, 2015 at 07:52)

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!! And remember, “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” Have a wonderful day!!!

  • Official Answer Key - 10 PA Dutch Carpentry Terms

    Here are the answers from Mark.

    1. nagel – nail

    2. bolguh – beam

    3. spahtta – rafter

    4. drote – wire

    5. muottah – nut

    6. schrab – screw

    7. tsangli – pliers

    8. vingle aisah – carpenter’s square

    9 schravvah ziah – screwdriver

    10. weddah boaht – siding (weather board)

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    Alfred A. Stutz
    Comment on Tüütsch und dütli... (December 2nd, 2015 at 10:38)

    Tüütsch und dütli...

    hi all,
    here a sample of swissgerman (around te town of Zürich)

    tsangli = zängeli (-li- means littel- diminuativ)
    vingle aisah = winkelise
    schravvah ziah = schruubezier
    schrab = schruube

    “Züritüütsch” isch e sproch wo am änglische ganz nöch chunt. Mir käned zum biispil kei vergangeheit.


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    Oliver Raendchen
    Comment on comparative Deutsch dicalects (December 2nd, 2015 at 13:44)

    comparative Deutsch dicalects

    I am very thankful that we now recieve still another diaclet (Swizz Deutsch)
    This was just what I meant,
    but it would just have been better to write successively the variants of the various dialects (including my standard Deutsch) in one single line…

    Even some Anglo-German expressions have been maintained from olden times, whereas others are plain Latin-French borrowings.

    So, this reflects on the ENGLISH language.

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    Herman Zimmerman
    Comment on Do You Know These 10 PA Dutch Carpentry Words? (September 12th, 2017 at 08:01)

    Lengeschter Kaunti Deitsch

    Eens Mehr’s Wie Eens

    Nagel Negel

    Bolke Bolke

    Schpahr Schpahre

    Droht Drohte

    Mutter Muttre

    Schrab Schrawwe

    Zengli Zenglin

    Winkeleissi Winkeleissin

    Schrawwezieher Schrawweziehre

    Waetterbohrt Waetterbohrte

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