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Meaning of “Open chest surgery is not needed when putting on a coat” [closed]

In OOP-Design exist the SOLID-principles. Many Articles about Open/Closed Principle (O in SOLID) cites the phrase in title. But it doesn't make much sense to us in the office. So maybe someone can ...
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Meaning of “mein Lieber”

Does phrase "mein Lieber" mean "my beloved one" (i.e. can/should be used when addressing someone very close) or more like "my dear" (i.e. phrase you could use for both someone close to you and someone ...
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Difference between “Song”, “Sang”, and “Gesang”

"Der Sang", "der Gesang", and "der Song" all mean "a song". What are the differences, if any?
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Does “sollen” imply an external agent?

I spent three weeks at a German high school right after I graduated from my own high school. One day I said to my host (a student at the school): "Ich soll mehr Deutsch sprechen." His response? (He ...
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“Das ist kein Thema” - What does it mean?

Recently I moved to the Konstanz area, and what I noticed is people saying "Das ist kein Thema" for everything. So, what exactly does it mean? And when to use it?
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Meaning of “vor sich hin”

In Harry Potter, the sentence Mr. Dursley hummed as he picked out his most boring tie for work, ... is translated as Mr. Dursley summte vor sich hin und suchte sich für die Arbeit seine ...
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4711, 08/15 and other numbers with some flair in German?

This weekend I played a detective mystery party game in German called "Im Irrenhaus". The action of the game takes place in a mental health hospital. Every patient has a number and a name, both are ...
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Parsing 'Nach der Mitte zu stieg sie an wie ein Kuppeldach'

I think I understand the meaning of this sentence, but I don't understand how it's constructed. I'm assuming ansteigen (to rise) is the verb, and ein Kuppeldach (a dome) is the subject and Nach der ...
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Finance metaphors for relationships [closed]

I've recently read that there are quite a few metaphors describing relationships between humans that are taken from the financial sector. However, examples were very scarce. The best one being ...
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What is an equivalent of English “piece of cake”?

How do you say in German something that is easy to do. I have found "ein Klacks" in my dictionary, but I have a great doubt about the meaning of the word and how to use it.
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Einen Satz mit «dass» anfangen

Das ist etwas, dem ich oft begegne, aber nie ganz verstehe. Was bedeutet es, wenn man einen Satz mit «dass» anfängt? Ich lese jetzt einen Artikel, der um den Streit um das Made in Germany Label geht ...
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Hidden meaning in this Heine-Schumann poem from “Dichterliebe”

This is the text of the song Ich grolle nicht from Schumann's song cycle Dichterliebe after Heinrich Heine poems: Ich grolle nicht, und wenn das Herz auch bricht, Ewig verlor'nes Lieb ! Ich ...
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Herkunft von “von ungefähr kommen”?

Beispiel: "Hochwertige Technik und innovative Produkte kommen nicht von ungefähr." Woher stammt die Phrase "(nicht) von ungefähr kommen"?
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Is there a difference between “bauen” and “erbauen”?

What is the difference between bauen and erbauen? I mean, semantically. Or can they be used interchangeably?
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What new meaning does “letztendlich” contribute?

According to Google Ngram Viewer the word "letztendlich" is a very new invention in German language. Meanwhile this word is very present in all kinds of communication, be it formal or informal. Is ...
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Meaning of the word “entrichten”

Entrichten habe ich nie gehört. Wie wird dieses Wort gebraucht? Kann man z.B. eine Rechnung entrichten? Hat es die gleiche Bedeutung wie das englische Wort pay?
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Meaning of “Was für ein”?

All I know about Was für ein is that it is a type of pronoun (but I don't know what type exactly it is). I also don't know how it translates into English.
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“Für”, “gegen”, “um” — which to use when? [closed]

All three accusative prepositions für, gegen, and um can mean "for" in certain situations. Can anybody give examples when to use which of the three?
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What does “Die Weichen waren gestellt” mean?

I am reading Peter Zolling´s "Deutsche Geschichte von 1871 bis zur Gegenwart". Can someone please help me understand the sentence: Die Weichen waren gestellt?
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Wie entstand aus “Sicht” die “Zuversicht”?

Schon länger frage ich mich, wie man die Etymologie von "Zuversicht" erkärt. Im Duden wird knapp aufgeführt mittelhochdeutsch zuoversiht, althochdeutsch zuofirsiht Duden und auch das ...
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“Mindestens” vs “zumindest”. Gibt es einen Unterschied?

Im Internet gibt es keinen klaren Unterschied dazwischen, aber meine Lehrerin hat mich mehrmals dafür verbessert (und danach habe ich den Unterschied wieder vergessen). Könnt ihr bitte auch ein paar ...
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Is “selbstbewusst” a negative word?

Sometimes I see translations of selbstbewusst as confident, arrogant or selfish. I would like to know if this word has a negative or positive denotation. If I call someone of selbstbewusst, is it a ...
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“Strahlen” vs “Strahler”

I was searching for company names, and reached to a German word 'Strahlen' through Google. As per Google it meant 'rays'. I need a suggestion that, what is the exact meaning of 'Strahlen' and ...
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What's the meaning of 'erl'?

"Erlkönig" (also called "Der Erlkönig") is a poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. By wiki I know that the word könig means 'king', but what's the meaning of erl? Is it devil, elf, or genie?
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Distinction between “sei” and “war”

I've seen "sei" a fair bit lately and it seems to indicate something that has happened in the past. Example: Die Ärztin hatte meiner Mutter gesagt, dass meine Leber kurz vor der Zirrhose sei. ...
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Was ist der Unterschied zwischen “sinnfrei” und “sinnlos”?

Der Duden definiert "sinnfrei" als "völlig ohne Sinn" und "sinnlos" als "ohne Vernunft, ohne erkennbaren Sinn". Was ist der Unterschied zwischen diesen beiden Wörtern?
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What's the meaning of “schon”?

Today in the class I heard German guy saying: "Ist der Platz schon frei?". Which supposedly means "Is this place already available/free?" and that makes no sense to me. What's the meaning of "schon" ...
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Was ist der Unterschied zwischen Gouvernante und Kindermädchen?

When I was young, my parents put me in the care of a German-American woman. That's why I'm here. (Deshalb bin ich hier.) How is such a woman referred to, as a "governess," or "nanny?" Or some thing ...
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Ways to die in German

I want to learn the different shades of meaning and frequency of use of the following verbs that have the meaning of to die: ableben abtreten erlöschen krepieren sterben versterben ...
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Was ist der Unterschied zwischen einer Sage und einer Legende?

Ich habe bisher die Wörter Sage und Legende synonym verwendet. Es gibt zwar Dinge die ich so nenne, und andere Dinge, die ich wieder anders nenne (bspw. würde ich nie die Niebelungenlegende sagen), ...
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What does the word “Schickimicki” mean?

I have seen and heard the word many many times but every time I ask "Was bedeutet Schickimicki?" they don't give a conclusive answer. I just saw it on the journal Zeit and just thought I didn't know ...
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Etymology and meaning of “Lotterleben”

A German friend of mine used the term "Lotterleben" to describe to me someone as a "free spirit", although the dictionary translate the term as "dissolute lifestyle" which have a string negative ...
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What is the difference between “Dom”, “Kathedrale” and “Münster”

"Dom", "Kathedrale" and "Münster" all translate as "cathedral" in English. When I searched online, all explanations were in German and I could not quite understand them. Is there any difference in ...
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“…hat Philosophie, Pädagogik, Theaterwissenschaften, Anthropologie und Politik studiert”

Ich denke, es ist einigen von euch auch schon aufgefallen, dass manche Leute in ihrer Biographie auf einer Webseite oder Beschreibung ihres Werdegangs durch Dritte bei einem Interview so vorgestellt ...
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“legen” vs “liegen”

I get confused between the verbs legen and liegen. I would appreciate some explantation on the meaning of the two verbs, preferably with examples. Also, are there context where te two verbs are ...
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What does “stackenblochen” mean?

In a chat room, someone sent a link to this youtube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqAdxN1IWQQ . In the video they use the word Stackenblochen I have never heard the word, even though I ...
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Den Unblöden gehört die Welt! - What does Unblöden mean?

Media Markt has a campaign where they state that the world belongs to the "Unblöden", but I don't understand what "Unblöden" means and Google translate won't translate it. So what does "Unblöden" ...
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Ungeziefer and its meanings and connotations

Reading Kluge's Etymological Dictionary (published 1881, translated into English 1891) the word Ungeziefer has this description: Ungeziefer, noun, 'vermin', from the equivalent late Middle High ...
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“erstellen” or “erzeugen”?

Software X is producing printed reports, based on user input. How would I translate accurately 'produced with X' and 'produced by X', as both erstellen and erzeugen seem to be very near in their ...
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Kann man einen “fachlich geprägten Kunden” einem “technisch argumentierenden Entwickler” entgegen setzen?

It is about Software Engineering, where it usually comes to problems in communication between the customers (domain-specific, functional, professional lexis) and developers (technical, generic lexis). ...
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die Worte vs die Wörter

Worte and Wörter are both plurals of Wort. Is there a difference in meaning between them?
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Füllwort “traun” - Wo kommt das Wort her und was bedeutet es genau?

Ich kenne das Wort traun von früher; jetzt lese ich es in einer Übersetzung des "Timaios" (Plato) auf zeno.org: Timaios: Traun, lieber Sokrates, tun doch das wohl alle, die auch nur ein wenig ...
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Was genau ist ein Strom (Gewässer)?

Bis heute hatte ich nur "Fluss" gekannt. Aber dann kenne ich auch das Wort "Strom" für einen langen Fluss. Mir stellt sich folgende Frage: Ist die Bedeutung so unterschiedlich? Die Wikipedia-Seite ...
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Unterschied zwischen “leihen” und “ausleihen”

Gibt es einen Unterschied zwischen "leihen" und "ausleihen?" Beide bedeuten "to borrow" auf Englisch.
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Meaning of schon in “das schaff' ich schon”

Watching Futurama, one of the characters said: "das schaff' ich schon!" What exactly does this mean, and how does "schon" change the meaning? (I don't remember, but I think it was Fry, which ...
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dann doch noch schnell

What does the phrase "dann doch noch schnell" mean? As in Ich habe mir heute dann doch noch schnell einen neuen Hartschalenkoffer gekauft. is this some kind of an idiom?
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What's the “more correct” term — “achronologisch” or “antichronologisch”?

Which of the two is the "correct" form, or are both correct? Do they mean the same? Or is there a subtle distinction between anti- and a-? Edit: replaced the English terms by the German ones, sorry.
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Kann “abstrahieren” synonym zu “vereinfachen” verwendet werden?

Aus der Frage "Weniger informeller Ausdruck für weg-abstrahieren?" und dem anschließenden Chat mit bitmask heraus, bin ich mir nicht mehr sicher, ob ich das Wort abstrahieren richtig verwende. Das ...
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Bedeutung von Klinik im Befund

Ich habe einen Befund von meinem Arzt bekommen in dem steht "[...] bei sehr eindrucksvoller Klinik mit hochgradigem Verdacht auf [...]". Was bedeutet Klink hier?
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Is the word “simpel” negative or positive?

I am planning to use the word simpel in my technology product. I have found two contrasting definitions on the web: simple, easy to use stupid, dumb What is the more popular meaning of the word? ...