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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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Etymology of “im Freien”

While studying the various usages of im in Duden, I came across this usage of im with the following grammatical note: während eines bestimmten Vorgangs; dabei seiend, etwas zu tun nicht ...
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Do these -tion words come from English or French?

How did words ending on -tion like Operation, Information, or Kommunikation enter the German language? Do these words come from English or French? Or were they first brought to English then to German? ...
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Etymology of “Wertgegenstand”

I can't understand very well.. According to canoo.net, Wertgegenstand is composed of Wert (value), gegen (against) and Stand (state). So does this mean something like "stand against value?" And what ...
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Etymology of ending “-keit” in relation to ending “-heit”

It appears that in general adjectives can be nominalized by adding the suffix -heit, which however changes to -keit in case the adjective already has been formed by use of a suffix, like -bar,*-ig*, ...
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Herkunft und Schreibung von »Heiopei«

Heiopei bezeichnet zumindest in einigen Regionen Deutschlands umgangssprachlich eine unzuverlässige, verplante, unfähige oder dumme Person. Zur Herkunft habe ich bisher nur einige spekulativ wirkende ...
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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 “unterbringen”

I would like to know the origins of unterbringen. From what words does this word come in old German, what are the links I can make?
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Warum kann »regelrecht« dasselbe wie »gleichsam« bedeuten?

In einem Kommentar zu einer Antwort auf eine Frage in diesem Forum (nämlich hier) wurde angezweifelt, dass »regelrecht« die Bedeutung »vorschriftsgemäß«, »gemäß den Regeln« bzw. »im Einklang mit den ...
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Weak masculine nouns

Has anybody come across reliable ways to know if a masculine noun is weak or not? Der Präsident... Wir brauchen einen neuen Präsidenten. Der Held... Gotham braucht einen Helden. I have noticed ...
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Using “-lein” and “-chen” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are there any rules how to build the diminutive? I was reading this article on Duden's webpage and began wondering about the diminutive forms of "-lein" and "-chen". ...
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What's the meaning of “würde”?

I know the meaning of the following sentence Ich würde gerne einen Termin machen. Trying to better understand the words like wollen, gern, möchten, würde etc., I realized that the meaning of ...
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Difference between “die Zahl” and “die Nummer” ?

Once again I found it hard to find any difference between two nouns (die Zahl and die Nummer).To me they are exactly the same. They both mean number (1, 33, 59 ect..). I also checked on Duden and it ...
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Origin of the name “Lichfett”?

Does someone know where the family name Lichfett comes from? I met this name in Brazil. Is it perhaps only a modified version of Lichtfett?
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What's the difference between Umlaut and Ablaut?

This is a follow-up question of What is an "Ablaut"?, and I was going to answer this in a comment there, but thought asking a new question and answering that properly might be the better way ...
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In welchem Kontext benutzt man “zu Buche schlagen”?

In welchem Kontext benutzt man "zu Buche schlagen"? Kann zum Beispiel sagen: "Meine Kenntisse schlagen zu Buche."?
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Etymologie von “gemein” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Bedeutungswandel des Wortes “gemein” Das Wort "gemein" kommt in verschiedenen Zusammenhängen vor, wie z. B. das gemeine Volk (in der Bedeutung des einfachen Volkes) ...
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Hat der “Rosenmontag” etwas mit Rosen zu tun?

Im Karneval wird der Rosenmontag als Tag vor dem Faschingsdienstag in großen Teilen der Republik mit Umzügen gefeiert: Bild vom Rosenmontagsumzug Nach Duden und nach Grimms Wörterbuch soll sich ...
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Etymologie des Ortsnamens »Bezanika« aus dem Roman »Jakob der Lügner«

Ich hab vor einigen Wochen »Jakob der Lügner« gelesen (und war, von einem Schulbuch, positiv überrascht) und mir stellte sich eine Frage, die mir meine Lehrerin nicht beantworten konnte. Weiß jemand, ...
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„Schon“ als „ja“: Ursprung und richtige Verwendung

In der Bedeutung des Gegenteils von nein ist meines Erachtens ja durch schon ersetzbar. (Die stillschweigende 0. Frage wäre, das zu bestätigen.) Das ist total nachvollziehbar, wenn man sich einen ...
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What's the meaning from “Machenschaft”

I’m writing about Heidegger’s use of the word Machenschaft and I would like to try to explain this word correctly because I chose to keep it in German. In my language it was translated as Maquinação, ...
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Etymology and usage of “freuen” and “froh”?

Is there an etymological connection between these two words that share a similar meaning? And also, do they share the same meaning?
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Webwörter neu erfinden - Für google, duckduckgo, photoshop

Please provide the equivalent german words for the following terms. google (verb) photoshopped (verb and abjective) duck it (from duckduckgo.com - brand new) Is there any urban dictionary (apart ...
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What or where is “Kehrzel”? [closed]

I am doing some genealogy work on a German family, and came across a message board post which claims a certain person to be from "Kehrzel"? I could not determine any location in Germany named ...