This is going to be another one of those research projects. I just know it…
The easy bit: “Reul“. A narrow passage between buildings, with its origin in the Latin “rivulus”. Worked that out with Frau Prof Doc a couple of years back.
But “Butterberg” has me stumped.
This is a narrow passage between buildings (tick..) in Gonsenheim and the only geographical or historical reference I can find is to hills and mountains of the same name in northern and eastern Germany. This alleyway slopes gently down towards the Gonsbachtal, but it’s neither high nor steep enough to qualify.
The only “Butterberg” that rings a bell is the demonstrated failure of the EU Common Agricultural Policy from the 1950s through to the 1980s when farmers were incented to grow and produce as much as they could (which resulted in falling prices…duh…) and created massive overproduction that the EU bought up and stored.
With my tax money.
At its peak, they had 1.3 million tons stored away (the “Butterberg” – butter mountain) before they introduced milk quotas and got rid of the rancid stuff on the poor folk in the USSR.
And don’t get me started on the “milk sea” or the “wine lake”.
Of course, you can’t discuss this with one of the local farmers. Nice lad, but he’s not the sharpest knife in the drawer at the best of times and when he launches into his “ifitwasn’tformeyou’dallbestarving” foaming-at-the-mouth-rant, I want to break out the straitjacket.
He tends to forget that he gets €40k a year JUST FOR BEING A FARMER (the EU required the Ministry of Ag to put it all online – was he ever p$%#ed off…) and he gets to profit from booming commodity prices, so his losses are socialised and his profits are privatised.
Which p$%#es me off.
Not that I eat sugar beets and my bread consumption is maybe half a loaf a week
Now barley’s a different matter….