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1answer
172 views

Analysis of “mit am besten”

Or more generally: mit + superlative. A friend of mine was reading something to me, when she suddenly said that. The sentence was in the spirit of Diese Variante ist mit am besten. (this variant ...
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4answers
982 views

Various colloquial meanings of “Der Hammer”

My question is about the word 'Hammer' in colloquial and idiomatic usage. I have heard this word used in three ways in German: Das ist der Hammer (to indicate that something is cool or awesome) Das ...
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2answers
222 views

What does “altes Haus” mean?

What does altes Haus mean? Was geht, altes Haus? Does it mean "What's up, pal"?
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3answers
166 views

Stranded preposition: Meine Familie geht da echt gut mit um

The following is from a YouTube video: "Was sagen deine Familie und Freunde dazu, dass du YouTube-Videos drehst?" "Also meine Familie geht da echt gut mit um also die haben mich sogar da drin ...
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1answer
549 views

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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3answers
278 views

Why is the meaning of “Triefnase” vs. “Rotznase” used as an invective so different?

Both colloquial terms "Triefnase", and "Rotznase" translate with "runny nose". However when used as an invective they seem to have very different meanings "Diese Triefnasen haben immer noch kein ...