Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Hey, you, get offa my cloud

I recently signed up for an email address with the German domain name "wolke7.net." It turns out that "Wolke sieben" has the same idiomatic meaning in German as "cloud nine" in English. I'm not sure how the numbers got to be different, but it's interesting to know that even when transported to a realm of ecstatic bliss, we will still be segregated by language so that we can understand the other people on our cloud.

This site discusses the origin of the English expression "cloud nine." Apparently it's been around since the 1930s, although it took some time to settle on the number "nine."

Perhaps "Wolke sieben" is not far from "seventh heaven." According to someone here (in German), the Koran also speaks of a seventh heaven. So don't go there unless you enjoy cultural diversity.

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