Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Machts Nichts


  • I’m easy
  • “‘Naw, macht nichts, let’s walk.’ Jack pronounces it ‘mox nix,’ meaning ‘makes no difference’ or, in air force parlance, ‘I’m easy.’” —Ann-Marie MacDonald, The Way the Crow Flies (2003)
  • Matters not
  • Never mind
  • Whatever
  • Origins: This is a German colloquial expression.

    Variations and Incantations:

  • Mox Nix
  • Mocks Nicks
  • In Literature:

  • “She took a drag and waved both the smoke and the image away, dismissing them with the words she used to take the curse off all vexations, ‘Machts nichts.’ I repeated the magical words under my breath. Mox nix.” —Sarah Bird, The Yokota Officers Club (2001)
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