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by Lee Santiva July. 16, 2019 182 views
Passing the Buck - Getting Stuck with the blame - der "Schwarzer Peter"

Passing the Buck - Getting Stuck with the blame - der "Schwarzer Peter"

Somedays at work I feel like I'm in Kindergarten, playing silly games.

Since the 1830's there's is a card game for children in German-speaking countries called "Schwarzer Peter" (literally translated as: Black Peter). The game is similar to "Old Maid" in English-speaking countries. The objective is to pair up similar cards and discard them so you have no cards left. In the process you must pull a card from your neighbor.

The person who gets stuck holding the Schwarzer Peter card loses the game.

Translated to the adult working world: the metaphor is to get someone else stuck with the blame or to pass the blame along. The phrase in German "jemandem den schwarzen Peter zuschieben" is translated as "passing the buck" .

Animal pairs and the black Peter cat stands alone

Animal pairs and the black Peter cat stands alone

Does learning such lessons as children prepare us for the adult world? Or do we apply certain tricks in the adult world because we learned about them as children? What is preparation and what is manipulation?

PS. I love how many male animals (identified by "Herr") are smoking something :-)

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Jay Boggess 1 year, 4 months ago

hahahahhahahha.........very interesting & insightful!!! Love it!

ps...thanks for "liking" my reflections and shadows images!

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Lee Santiva Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year, 4 months ago

Glad you liked it Jay!

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Camellia Staab 1 year, 4 months ago

Your story made me think of this poem:
That's Not My Job!
This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody.

There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody's job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn't do it.

It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.

I don't know if the childhood lessons are the starting points or vice versa but I do know that they happen all over the world smile

1 year, 4 months ago Edited
Lee Santiva Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 4 months ago

I‘m glad today‘s blog stimulated a discussion and I really enjoyed your everybody-somebody-nobody text, if only zi could remember it to tell people at work, its perfect

1 year, 4 months ago Edited
Lynn F Medley 1 year, 4 months ago

Interesting questions, never thought about it before, very nice take on today’s prompt!

1 year, 4 months ago Edited
Lee Santiva Replied to Lynn F Medley 1 year, 4 months ago

Thanks Lynn, the questions at the end came spontaneously as I was writing the blog

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Björn Roose 1 year, 4 months ago

Nice artwork indeed. Auf Niederländisch "jemandem den schwarzen Peter zuschieben" heißt "iemand de zwarte piet toeschuiven". Meine Antwort auf deine Fragen: mann soll die Erwachsener nicht den schwarzen Peter zuschieben für etwas das Kindern auch ganz unabhängig lernen, ohne ein derartiges Spiel smile

1 year, 4 months ago Edited
Lee Santiva Replied to Björn Roose 1 year, 4 months ago

Very clever and insightful reply with a play on words in German! I lift my black hat in respect!

1 year, 4 months ago Edited
Berckmans Peter 1 year, 4 months ago

Did not see that game for a while.

1 year, 4 months ago Edited
Lee Santiva Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 year, 4 months ago

Me neither, the small children prefer Uno smile

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