Earlier this semester, I went to the Kaffee und Kuchen event at OU. This event had a specific interest towards Austrian culture; really a specific interest towards Viennese culture. The OU German faculty contains a few Austrians, and they were happy to tell the room about Viennese culture.
The two most exciting parts of the event were Dr. Sabrina Bacher’s lecture on Viennese dialect & then Dr. Robert Lemon’s lecture on the history of coffee and cake. Dr. Bacher taught us some of the different dialectal word choices that people from Vienna use; it was really like hearing another language! I think it always super cool to hear different Germanic dialects because some are so different than traditional “High German,” that it is nearly impossible to understand them. For example, a “seidel” of beer is equivalent to “ein kleines” beer. — a small beer.
Dr. Lemon then amused us with a history of coffee and cake, asking us obscure questions such as the origin for the word “cake.” The questions were actually brutally difficult, but they were fun, nonetheless.
As I mentioned in a previous post, the event ended with me becoming a German Club officer… a very nice way to end the event.