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Has “scheiße” become a “normal” word?

The reason I put this topic here is not trying to pull attention to the question by using swear words, but because of asking this myself the other day, when I heard this in Sunday school. I ...
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What is a “smart alec” in German?

I was telling my math class the story about how Gauss added up the numbers from one to a hundred when he was in first grade. I told them that when he put his slate on the teacher's desk face down, the ...
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Why do deprecative descriptions of a person sound funny today?

There are many expressions describing a person in a deprecative or insulting way because of his bad properties or behaviour, which today would more or less trigger a laugh if someone called you that ...
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Is it an insult calling a lady “die alte Huhn”?

Is the expression “die alte Huhn” an offense? A: Kennste Frau X? B: Die alte Huhn? Ja, die kenne ich.