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“Das ist nicht fair”

I was browsing the comments in a recent discussion and was struck by the use of English expressions by native German correspondents. One asked (in German) why his answer got a "downvote", and the ...
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What is the “Hang der Deutschen zur doppelten Abstraktion”?

From the German translation of Philip K. Dick’s novel VALIS (bold by me): Doch ein weit grundlegenderes semantisches Problem liegt hierin verborgen: Angenommen, ich sage zu Fat oder Kevin sagt zu ...
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Etymology of the word “Aberglaube”

I am interested in the etymology of the German word "Aberglaube". As an anglophone, this word for 'superstition' has an interesting literal translation into English. I am curious about the etymology ...
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Is there a German-English dictionary in PDF (or that works offline)?

Does any of these famous (dict, leo, dix, Wiktionary, etc.) online dictionaries have a free pdf dictionary? (I guess the answer is no, because less people would then visit the page again, but who ...
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German word for “probability score” or “likelihood”?

Ich suche Leute, die sowohl eine gewisse mathematische Grundbildung als auch gute Deutsch- und Englischkenntnisse haben. Speziell geht es um folgende Frage: Wie bezeichnet man im Deutschen einen ...
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How to translate these loanwords in German? [closed]

Daily I use English loanwords in German emails. Then I found this forum and so I would like to ask what the best German translations would be for these words (if any) sothat I don't need to use the ...
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Changing the spelling of English words in German (Kop)

Yesterday I saw a headline in a German newspaper using the word 'Kop' and yes, they were writing about policemen. Okay, I don't read much in German but I have not seen the usage of the word 'cop' ...
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How is the prefix “uber-” differently used in German vs. English?

In English usage the prefix "über" (loaned from German) has the meaning of: über-, uber-: denoting an outstanding or supreme example of a particular kind of person or thing. Oxford Dictionaries ...
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Wann starb der Plural auf “-s” im (Alt-)Deutschen aus oder wo kommt der Plural auf “-s” im Englischen her?

Im Englischen werden die meisten Plurale mit der Endung "-s" gebildet ("houses", "cars") und nur die wenigsten auf die im Deutschen übliche Art mit "-en" ("oxen", "children"). Den Plural auf "-s" ...