Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Furor over the Führer's Little Schicklgruber

Hitler's Penis Gets the Short End of History
Furor erupts over Nazi leader's private parts

The Huffington Post  02/22/2016  Ron Dicker General Assignment Reporter

British outlets have been abuzz that history's biggest dick had a really small dick.
Crediting a book published last year, headlines screamed the past few days that Nazi leader Adolf Hitler had a micro-penis as a result of a rare condition.

"Hitler himself is believed to have had two forms of genital abnormality: an undescended testicle and a rare condition called penile hypospadias in which the urethra opens on the underside of the penis or, in some cases, on the perineum," historians Emma Craigie and Jonathan Mayo wrote in "Hitler's Last Day: Minute By Minute." 

The condition is associated with "micro-penis" formation.

While Craigie told The Huffington Post Monday that she had "no definitive insight" into Hitler's penile development, she pointed out other research.

"Several sources including Angela Lambert, in her biography of Eva Braun, have suggested that Hitler may have had hypospadias," Craigie said. "He seems to have had injections of bovine testosterone to prepare for sex, whilst she took medication to suppress her periods when staying with him."

Speculation about the monster's private parts re-emerged in December with a report that claimed to confirm he had an undescended testicle. A professor at Erlangen-Nuremberg University said he read once-lost 1923 medical records of Hitler that note his "right-side cryptorchidism."
So now that's history.


Pontificating Randy  Thursday, July 05, 2012

"Possible" Meaning of "Schicklgruber" 

I have noticed a number of searches brought people to this site to see if I have the meaning of "Schicklgruber." The interest, I'm sure, stems from Adolf Hitler's family. Hitler's father, Alois, was the illegitimate child of Maria Schicklgruber, but she later married Johann Georg Hiedler, and Alois much later changed his last name to the stepfather's name, and at some point, "Hiedler" came to be spelled "Hitler."*

Now, as to what "Schicklgruber" means, I don't really know for certain, and I have checked many sources; however, I have a "possible" explanation. The second part of the name is no problem, as it is the same as English "grub" (see Word History below), a verb little used anymore, but which means "to dig;" thus giving us "grubber," "a digger," and the compound term "moneygrubber," for a person whose whole life centers around making ("digging for") money in any way. "Schickl" is the problem. It is Bavarian dialect and I found some "supposed" meanings.** (see further, below) Keep in mind, names often undergo spelling changes, as I noted above, "Hiedler" became "Hitler," and there were various spellings of "Hiedler" before that. In the German language world, dialects prevailed far longer than overall use of standard German, and names usually have a long history. If you are a regular reader, you have probably noticed an occasional "Word History" will deal with a word little used in modern England, EXCEPT in names or place names, because the names go back to a time when the word was commonly used. Names also often came from jobs a person did.

So, this is pure speculation on my part, but German has "Schicht, which means "layer or strata of earth." The southern dialects frequently use "l," "el," "li,"or "le" at the end of words to denote "small," or "smaller." The dialect form could have changed the "ch" to "ck," and the "t" sound could have been dropped when the ending "l" was added. As to the ending "l," while a totally different dialect, Swabian in southwestern Germany uses "Häusle" for "a little house (Haus);" or, "cottage." Anyway, "Schicht" would tie in with "gruber" ("digger"), perhaps meaning "ditch digger," from the notion of "one who digs through layers of the earth," perhaps from agriculture and digging irrigation ditches or even wells? 
Some of the "supposed" meanings I mentioned earlier also seem to tie in with this possible meaning, as they gave "mud" as the meaning, possibly a later development. I also saw "manure" as a possible meaning, and this could have developed from "mud," if that meaning is correct. Of course too, I also wondered IF the "manure" meaning may have come from those who were making a political statement, as Hitler obviously (and correctly) stirs strong emotions in people; thus making Hitler's ancestor's "manure diggers, or perhaps shovelers/shovellers."

Now, German also has "Schicksal," which means "fate, destiny." Dialect could have produced "Schickl," perhaps with a meaning of "grave digger;" that is, "one who digs for people who have met their fate." The thing is, sources indicate High German did not acquire the word until the 1500s, and it came from Low German and Dutch, as "schicksel," and essentially meant "chance," which then became "destiny, fate." I could not determine how Low German and Dutch got the term. I even checked to see if I could find a similar term in English, that would now be archaic, but I had no luck. English, Low German and Dutch are all close relatives, and Middle and Old English vocabulary did not have as many foreign borrowings as modern English.

So, these are just theories, but if either might be correct, I lean toward the first.

* For a little more, see my article "Hitler The Jew:" HERE

** They may be correct, but I cannot verify that.

Grub-This is the now little used verb is closely related to both "grave" and "groove." It goes back to Indo European "ghrebh/ghrabh," which had the notion of "to dig, to scratch." This gave its Old Germanic offspring "grubb," which then gave West Germanic "grubbjan," both with the same basic meaning. This gave Old English (Anglo-Saxon) a presumed "grubbian,"^ which then became "grubben," before the more modern version. Moneygrubber was formed from the noun form "grubber," which means "digger." Further, "grubby" ("dirty") came from the notion of digging in the dirt. "Grub," the noun meaning "larva," seems to have been derived from the notion that many larvae live and dig in the soil. 

The slang American form "grub," meaning food, seems to have come from the idea of birds eating the grubs (larvae). The word has many forms in other Germanic languages, because, as I mentioned above, even in English it is closely related to "grave" and "groove." Just some examples: German has the verb "graben," which means "to dig," and its 1st and 3rd person singular past tense form is "grub." Further, German has "grübeln," which means "to ponder, to consider," from the notion "dig through your thoughts, mind." German also has the noun "Grubber," "digger, cultivator." Some Low German dialect has "growe" which means "to dig." From what I could find, Frisian has "grave," which means "to dig," Dutch has "graven," also meaning "to dig."

 No written evidence of this word has been found, but it presumed that Old English had this form or similar, as its West Germanic relatives had forms (English is West Germanic).

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