Take the 2-minute tour ×
German Language Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for speakers of German wanting to discuss the finer points of the language and translation. It's 100% free, no registration required.

In the movie Das Boot, the crew address the captain with a word I don't understand.

I think it may be "Kaleun", which I assume is short for "Kapitan Leutnant".

Am I right? Is that a real word?

share|improve this question
add comment

1 Answer 1

up vote 6 down vote accepted

"Kaleun" is a real abbreviation, I'm not sure if this makes it a real word ;)

And yes, it means "Kapitänleutnant".

share|improve this answer
    
Does it origin from "K. Leu."? –  user unknown Mar 4 '12 at 17:40
    
Never heard the "Kaleun" before I read the Wikipedia article. I think the captain in the movie is called "Kaleu". –  harper Mar 7 '12 at 17:40
1  
@harper: actually no, they call him "Kaleun" as it is the historic usage of the abbreviation. See this Wikipedia entry –  nem75 Mar 16 '12 at 11:24
    
Man schreibt es aber mit Sicherheit nicht mit Camelcase. Da ich annehme dass das absichtlich geschah korrigiere ich das Posting nicht stillschweigend. –  user unknown Jan 18 '13 at 13:24
1  
@JohnSmithers: Ich muss, ich muss! Eine innere Stimme zwingt mich. –  user unknown Jan 18 '13 at 15:24
show 1 more comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.