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From: "Aida Kraus" <>
Subject: Re: [GERMAN-BOHEMIAN] Bohemian Superstitions/stories - Buxtehude
Date: Mon, 21 Aug 2006 09:32:42 -0700
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The verse is:
"Hoppe hoppe Reiter
wenn er fällt dann schreit er,
fällt er in den Graben
fressen ihn die Raben,
fällt er in den Sumpf
macht der Reiter "Plumps" (that is when you fall off the legs...)
Hopp hopp Ridersman
when he falls, he shouts,
when he falls into a ditch
the ravens will eat him.
If he falls into the moors (wetlands)
the rider goes "Kaplunk"...

I am sure that EVERYONE growing up in our ethnic families will remember
In re: Buxtehude; it was just because of the funny name and it was far far
far away from Bohemia. Actually it had the same meaning as "to get lost"
here in America.


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From: "Robert J Pritzl" <>
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Sent: Monday, August 21, 2006 9:06 AM
Subject: [GERMAN-BOHEMIAN] Bohemian Superstitions/stories - Buxtehude

> Aida & list,
> English translation: " Too soon old, too late smart"
> My father, born in 1906 was a third generation Pritzl in the USA who
> spoke Bayerisch. Obviously their were other Bayerisch speaking emigrants
> there as they would slide into it in my grandpa's hardware store which was
> in a small city in central Wisconsin.
> I don't recall whether Mel Laird (Ex Secretary of Defense) was Bohemian,
> but he was from my hometown and used to speak Bayerisch in the store.
> When we children were misbehaving, my grandfather would say "you're
> going to end up in Buxtehude" or "I will send you to Buxtehude". He had
> gotten the saying from his father who immigrated from Hirschau (Hyrsov)
> Bohemia in the 1870's.
> I had never realized that Buxtehude was a city in Northern Germany until
> about 20 years ago. What was so bad about Buxtehude????
> I also remember my grandfather giving us rides on his ankles while we
> were very young. He would sit on the couch, cross his legs at his ankles
> hold on to our hands and then we would sit on his ankles which he would
> move up and down until the end of the poem when he would uncross his legs
> and we would plop on the floor.
> I have the verse somewhere with an English translation, which roughly
> tells of a horse rider, riding through the forest or on a lane and at the
> end falls off the horse.
> "Humpa, Humpa, (or something like that) goes the rider.........
> Bob Pritzl
> If anyone is interested, I should be able to locate the verse somewhere.
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