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Woher kommt das Adjektiv “vollschlank”?

Woher kommt das Adjektiv "vollschlank"? Warum bedeutet es quasi das Gegenteil von dem was es ausdrückt? Wie nennt man solche Worte?
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Was ist das (der?) Effeff?

Was ist das (der?) Effeff im folgenden Satz? Das müsst ihr aus dem Effeff können!
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Why is “der” used for both male nominative and female dative?

Der Mann hilft der Frau. Why is the same definite article used for male nouns in nominative and female nouns in dative? Is there a deep connection, or just a coincidence? Have they always been ...
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Woher kommt “pfiat di”/“pfiat eich” als Abschiedsformel im bayerischen Raum?

Im südlichen deutschsprachigen Raum (Bayern und weiter südlich) Raum ist "pfiat di" bzw. "pfiat eich" eine üblicher Grußformel zum Abschied. Was bedeutet sie bzw. woher kommt sie (etymologisch ...
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Why do we have two equally used terms for “toe”?

There are two translations for toe that both are equally used. Both are pronounced almost the same but they have a different gender: der Zeh, m die Zehe, f What is the origin of this ...
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Neuter gender for nouns referring to children

In German we say der Mann/die Frau, but then we say das Kind/das Mädchen, so I got two questions: Are there particular historic and/or etymological reasons for this? "Das Mädchen" refers to a ...
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German words with interesting etymology [closed]

Which German words have a very interesting etymological history? Translation: Welche deutschen Wörter haben eine besonders interessante etymologische Geschichte?
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Grammatisch oder grammatikalisch?

Was ist der Unterschied zwischen "grammatisch" und "grammatikalisch"? Ist am Ende eins von beiden falsch? Wenn ja, warum? Wie kommen diese beiden unterschiedlichen Wortformen zustande?
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Does Swabian have English influences?

Many variations of the swabian dialect contain words and pronunciations that to me always subtly sounded like influenced by modern english. One of the more prominent examples is the pronunciation of ...
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Is there a good on-line resource to look up the etymology of German words?

Is there a good on-line resource - free or not free - to look up the etymology of German words? Something like Duden's "Das Herkunftswörterbuch"?