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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?

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I remember Kaleun clearly from the director's cut version of the movie –  Alper Aug 21 at 20:48

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

And yes, it means "Kapitänleutnant".

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