Linguist Jürgen Eichhoff, writing in the academic journal Monatshefte, confirms there was no flub on Kennedy’s part. “‘Ich bin ein Berliner’ is not only correct,” he says, “but the one and only correct way of expressing in German what the President intended to say.”
Thank goodness for that! It’s amazing what hordes of people who don’t speak a word of German love to jump on that bandwagon.
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