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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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how to interpret the meaning of 'jedoch' in terms of 'je' and 'doch'?

As 'jedoch' arises as the combination of 'je' and 'doch', I am wondering how to deduce the fundamental meaning of 'jedoch' from those of 'je' and 'doch'?
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How did the Germanic base *lik- mean both ‘body, form’ and ‘like, same’?

like (adj.) […] + Germanic base *lik- “body, form; like, same” (cognates: […]). Analogous, etymologically, to Latin conform. […] [OED:] […] + *lîko- body, form […] Although *lik- ...
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Heißt es jetzt eigentlich „Muslima“ oder „Muslimin“?

Das Suffix -in ist in den hochdeutschen und oberdeutschen Dialekten ein weibliches movierendes Suffix zur Bildung femininer Bezeichnungen aus anderen Substantiven. Es findet sich besonders ...
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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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Why do Germans write and say 23 as 'Dreiundzwanzig' instead of 'zwanzig (und) drei'? [duplicate]

In most languages in Europe 23 is written as twenty-three, only German and Dutch it is spoken and written like three-twenty. What is the reason/cause of that?
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Is there any etymological connection between Herr->herrlich and Dame->dämlich? [duplicate]

There is a very sexist proverb in German: "Herr" kommt von "herrlich" und "Dame" kommt von "dämlich" Rough translation: The German word for sir is derived from the word great and the German word ...
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Words in English sharing etymological roots with the German “toll”

Consider the German adjective toll meaning great or mad. I am looking for the examples of English words (if any) containing some variation of toll and sharing some etymological root with toll (so ...
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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 ...