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Not being nosey or anything….

The Nasengässchen (Nose Alley) links Leichhof (the site of the original church cemetery, Leiche meaning corpse) and Grebenstrasse (possibly originating from Graben, a ditch)  in the Altstadt.

There are heaps of theories as to its name, some referring to Zur Langen Nase (House of the Long Nose), a property in the Grebenstrasse first documented in 1568.

The most promising theory of all, however, is based on the abrupt 90° change of direction, given that a bend was in earlier times frequently called a “Nase“.

So that’s another 5 minutes of your life wasted on trivia….

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This entry was published on 22 June, 2015 at 08:00 and is filed under Altstadt, History, Language, Mainz. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

One thought on “Not being nosey or anything….

  1. I see German words like this, and I’m always struck by how long they are- one could make a sandwich in the time it takes a speaker to finish three sentences.

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