When J. F. Kennedy made his famous Ich bin ein Berliner speech, the German audience understood what he was trying to say and applauded but the punctilious German interpreter said ‘I am a doughnut’. The audience laughed but Kennedy said as an aside, ‘It is just a translator’s quip’.
Ich bin ein Berliner*
Article first published online: 17 MAR 2011
© 2011 The Authors. Clinical Microbiology and Infection © 2011 European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Clinical Microbiology and Infection
Volume 17, Issue 4, pages 484–486, April 2011
How to Cite
Wright, D. J. M. and Boyce, M. (2011), Ich bin ein Berliner. Clinical Microbiology and Infection, 17: 484–486. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-0691.2011.03475.x
- Issue published online: 17 MAR 2011
- Article first published online: 17 MAR 2011
- Accepted manuscript online: 24 JAN 2011 12:32PM EST
- Article published online: 24 January 2011
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