wayne

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English Wayne, which sounds somewhat similar to German wen (“whom”, pronounced [veːn] or [ʋeːn]). The sense is derived from trick questions of the sort: „Kennst du Wayne?“ – ? – „Wayne interessiert’s.“, that is: wen interessiert's. (“Do you know Wayne?” – ? – “Wayne cares.” [= “Who cares.”])

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /wɛɪ̯n/, /weːn/

Interjection[edit]

wayne

  1. (youth slang) who cares
    Helmut Schmidt ist tot. — Ach, wayne.
    Helmut Schmidt is dead. — Ah, who cares.

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