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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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 ...