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Mailbox: Word on the street.

Byline: Alan Naughton

YOUR article last week claimed that when Jack Kennedy used the phrase 'Ich bin ein Berliner', his Berlin audience took it to mean 'I'm a jelly donut.' This is an urban myth. Kennedy meant he was standing with West Berliners in the struggle for freedom.

Donuts were called Berliners outside the city but not in Berlin itself. There, they are referred to as Pfannkuchen.

The phrase he used was not incorrect and quite proper in the context. Film recordings show his remark was greeted with applause and cheers. Alan Naughton, by email.
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jun 13, 2004
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