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I have seen this way of addressing a man in several places, but can't find its origin. I'm guessing it came about during WWII because of its use in the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark. Do you know anything about it?


Hello Helen,

thank you for your question.

The origin of this quote is the 1981 Hollywood movie Raiders of the Lost Ark. It is just a way of one of the characters to snarkily address one of the villains. In this context of addressing someone, the German word "Herr" just means "mister". So, "Herr Mac" technically doesn't mean anything else than "Mister Mac". The fact that they used "Herr Mac" in the movie was supposed to make clear that the person being addressed was a German Nazi.

This quote from the movie seems to have become somewhat popular in English speaking countries and is probably often used in many different contexts. I don't think that it's broadly used in the rest of the world. I had to look it up to do some research on it, and when I first read it I didn't immediately think of the movie.

This quote's sole origin is the 1981 movie. There's no connection with real events during WWII.

Hope this helps.

Best wishes

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