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In the francique mosellan dialect I am speaking, there's a semi-mocking, yet not really offensive in the least, and perhaps even friendly, expression "Voulez-vous die Gruweschuh ?" — "Non, merci, mir reiche die !", used to poke fun at the French, or the French language.

I have a two-part question about that:

  • Is this expression actually known outside of la Sarre — I'm thinking mostly Lorraine, Champagne, Ardenne, and Alsace here — or is it something the German speakers keep to themselves?
  • And is there an equivalent, or similar, expression in said regions to poke fun right back at the Germans across the border? Failing that, is there a more universal expression or saying, common to all of France, to poke fun at Germans or the German language?
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A French joke about German: "Was ist das? Petite fenêtre!" –  Ludovic C. Dec 21 '13 at 15:00
Que-ce que c'est que le bigwig ? Je ne parle que de perruques petites ! Or something. (Edit: and I just made over 9000 typos in that short string alone.) –  RegDwight Dec 21 '13 at 15:15
Il reste en France, quelques relents de la 2eme guerre mondiale qui font encore surface dans les blagues des français sur les allemands. Faire la recherche sur google "blagues sur les allemands". –  Laure Dec 21 '13 at 15:32
Une expression qu'on entend encore parfois (peut-être pas chez les plus jeunes) et qui se veut une moquerie à la fois de la langue allemande et qui insinue qu'il faut se méfier des allemands "Achtung, bicyclette". Origine expliquée ici.// Although much dated, we still sometimes hear "Achtung, bicyclette" which can be felt as making fun of the German language and as a hint that one shouldn't trust the Germans. Origin here. –  Laure Dec 21 '13 at 15:41
And about calling the Germans names you can have a look here –  Laure Dec 21 '13 at 15:49
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