Since my phone broke down last week, I thought I would give you all a short overview of some of the weirder ways to express this in German, complete with their literal translations. Just for fun, you know, since German is such a fun language. ;)
In German, cell phones/smartphones are called "Handy", so:
Mein Handy ist/hat... - My phone is/has..
- kaputt - yes, that's a German word, so no translation required
- den Geist aufgegeben - given up its spirit
- über den Jordan gegangen - went over the (river) Jordan; also: über die Wupper gegangen, where Wupper is a river in western Germany
- in die ewigen Jagdgründe eingegangen - gone to the happy hunting grounds
- im Eimer - in the bucket
- im Arsch - in the ass
Some of the above can also be used to express that somebody is completely exhausted.
Considering the stress of the last two and a half weeks, the fun of trying to save my data from a phone that continuously switches itself on and off every two minutes, and the fact that I managed to drop a metal bucket on my left foot yesterday and now have two blue and swollen toes, I think it is safe to say that I am completely in the ass.
No sympathy, please. I just needed to vent.