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nebenbei an den Töpfen kleiner Butterschiffe

Discussion in 'Deutsch (German)' started by morristhepen, May 2, 2013.

  1. morristhepen Senior Member

    Roussillon, Provence
    English (UK)
    Um sich über Wasser zu halten, steht er nebenbei an den Töpfen kleiner Butterschiffe:
    „Was heute der Zeitdruck, war damals der finanzielle Druck, da ging es ja nur darum, noch bis zum nächsten Tag über die Runden zu kommen.“

    Can't work this out. Is it literal? He placed little butter boats near the pots?
     
  2. ablativ Senior Member

    German(y)
    A "Butterschiff" is a ship for visitors on a day trip. When the ship is on the sea and far away from the national border, people can go shopping on the ship (which was butter in the past) - now mainly coffee, alcoholic drinks and cigarettes - without paying the national taxes for these products.

    The man in question seems to work as a cook on such ships from time to time beside his main job in order to get along financially.
     
    Last edited: May 2, 2013
  3. morristhepen Senior Member

    Roussillon, Provence
    English (UK)
    Wow, I was far away! Many thanks for this
     

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