Umgangssprache - An expression is colloquial if it is rarely used in public speeches or in formal writing, but often in informal speech, e.g. among friends.

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Gehen wir Friedhof?

The other day, I heard the sentence Gehen wir Friedhof? which should express that the person in question asks his mates if they want to take the route via the cemetery - which is not obvious in ...
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When do we omit the trailing “-e” in 1st person singular?

When I hear Germans speak - but sometimes in writing too - I observe that the trailing "-e" from verbs in 1st singular person is often omitted: "Ich geh mal schnell zur Tanke." "Ich krieg noch ...
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Was ist “Umgangssprache”?

Immer wieder verwende ich beim Schreiben Ausdrücke aus der sogenannten "Umgangssprache". Auch hier bei uns wurde "Umgangssprache" und "umgangssprachlich" schon mehrfach genannt. Eine klare Definition ...
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Is there anything like a dime?

In the U.S. there is the well established formal label "dime" for a 10 cent coin. Now that the currency in Germany is also denoted in cents I am wondering if we had anything similar for this 10 cent ...
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Why is the meaning of “Triefnase” vs. “Rotznase” used as an invective so different?

Both colloquial terms "Triefnase", and "Rotznase" translate with "runny nose". However when used as an invective they seem to have very different meanings "Diese Triefnasen haben immer noch kein ...
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What is the difference in “umgangssprachlich”, “familiär”, “salopp”, and “derb”?

Duden lists word usage in several categories: umgangssprachlich salopp gehoben bildungssprachlich familiär Jargon derb The definitions on when a word is ...
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What is an “Eumel”?

Sometimes in colloquial German I hear people saying: "Hey, dieser Eumel hat schon wieder seine Tasche liegen lassen" "He, Du Eumel, komm' halt mit." Obviously it is not really nice to say that ...
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What is the origin of the prefix “Mords-”?

In colloquial German we hear sayings like: Ich habe einen Mordshunger und muß erstmal was essen. Wir haben auf unserere Reise mordsviel gesehen. Dieser Mordstyp macht einfach geile Musik. ...
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Woher kommt die fragende Antwort “Okay?”?

Schon lange wird "okay" für "abgemacht, einverstanden, in Ordnung" in der deutschen Umgangssprache verwendet. Neuerdings hört man aber zunehmend "okay" als Frage formuliert, mit einer mir noch ...
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“Dibs” im Deutschen?

Im Englischen gibt es den Ausdruck "to have dibs on sth.", auch einfach als Ausruf "Dibs!" gebraucht, der bedeutet, dass man ein Vorrecht auf eine bestimmte Sache beansprucht. "Dibs" ist ein Wort der ...
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What or who is a “Scholli”?

I hear people say: "Mein lieber Scholli, das war knapp!" What does "Scholli" mean in this context? Is using this idiom in any way offensive or insulting?
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Usage of “die ganzen …”

I've noticed that Apple's current German homepage (July 2011) uses the expression "mit deinen ganzen Apps" as you can see in this screenshot I took: The whole sentence is [...] Und weil ...
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How colloquial is “Er ist in Schwung”?

I have heard this a few years ago, meaning someone is in very good shape, very active, very fit. But I wonder if it is still said and which connotation this phrase has.
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Bei XY unterm Sofa?

Ich hatte in mein Notizbuch diesen Ausdruck geschrieben: "Wie bei Heini Geiger unterm Sofa" (C'est le bazar!, Es ist sehr unordentlich) Es scheint unmöglich zu sein, mithilfe von Google mehr ...
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Was bedeutet: „Verflixt noch mal, da rührt sich was”?

The little songs we had to listen to in German class seemed so silly at the time, but I can still recall a few of them all the way back to seventh grade. One was Dracula Rock—but no YouTube in the ...