German is a language with a lot of dialects, with different spellings and accents and incomprehensibilities. Germany is a young country, and its language has strong regional distinctions. Also Texas.
The Texas hill country has been home to a bunch of Germans since before Germany was a unified country (I’m talking about the Otto von Bismark unification, not the David Hasselhoff one) and these Texan Germans have their own kind of Texas German. I’m surprised I’ve never gone down there and tried to hash out a kind of understanding, like I do with tourists here in New York.
In any case, the whole thing came to mind when we reported that the folks over at Wolfsburg are getting into the most American market of all: big rigs, right here in the United States.