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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Difference between “Übrigens” and “im Übrigen”

"Übrigens" and "im Übrigen" both mean "incidentally/by the way". Are there any differences at all between the two?
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What does “altes Haus” mean?

What does altes Haus mean? Was geht, altes Haus? Does it mean "What's up, pal"?
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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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Was ist das Gegenteil davon einen Zonk zu erwischen?

Wenn man "den Zonk erwischt", ist dies Ausdruck dafür ein schlimmstmögliches Ergebnis erzielt zu haben. Was wäre das sprachliche Gegenteil des Zonks?
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Der / Die / Das Butter?

Ein beliebtes Streitthema. Der Duden definiert Butter als feminin. Wikipedia merkt an, dass im Norddeutschen auch der männliche Artikel verwendet wird. Woher aber kommt die Verwendung des neutralen ...
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Translation of “anyway” to mean “in spite of the mentioned fact”

I want to translate "anyway" in the meaning of "in spite of the mentioned fact". This idea probably won't work, but let's try it anyway. Can "auf jeden Fall", "irgendwie", "sowieso", "trotzdem", ...
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Usage of colloquial word (Ach ja) [closed]

I am supposed to write a letter to a friend and there is a theme for the letter. In the second paragraph of the letter, I have written the following sentence. Please correct it if the usage is not ...
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Translation of “What/How about …?” [duplicate]

A: What time should we meet today? B: What/How about 6pm? I wonder how people would say the "what/how about" part. I can't think of a good translation, and since it's a colloquial phrase, ...