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Geschlecht neuer zählbarer und unzählbarer Substantive

Ich habe gerade über Geschlechter von Substantiven nachgedacht. Im Standarddeutschen ist Butter weiblich, aber so weit ich weiß kommen landschaftlich alle drei Geschlechter vor. Weniger überraschend ...
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Do native German speakers use “cross gender” references?

Here's an example of what I mean. Among my (American) friends, I referred to a certain old, rich, domineering woman as "die Herrin." My understanding is that "Herr" literally means "master," and while ...
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How do Germans associate neologisms and borrowed nouns with a gender/linguistic feature when this is not clear from the language of origin?

New words can enter a language: they can be created out of the evolution of the society or they can be borrowed from other languages. Some examples (not so new!) that come to my mind are e-mail, to ...
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The adjective grauenkalt

I've only seen the word 'grauenkalt' in a line from the song, 'Dieses Leben,' by Juli. The line is: "Diese Nacht ist grauenkalt und schwer." I looked up the verb 'grauen,' and it means both 'to ...
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How do you translate German wordplay into English?

This is a somewhat generic issue, I suppose, in that it affects both English-to-German and German-to-English translation. Today I came across what I thought was an example of good German wordplay: ...
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Wie nennt man eine Wortveredelung durch Komposition?

Immer wieder begegnet man vor allem in der Werbung und bei Produktbezeichnungen einer eigenartigen Wortneuschöpfung durch Bildung von zusammengesetzten Wörtern wie: Edelschokolade Landmilch ...
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Possibilities in German to minimize a term?

I stumbled upon the English term Truthiness "truth" that a person claims to know intuitively "from the gut" in that it "feels right" without regard to evidence, logic, intellectual examination, or ...
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Verwendung von zögernd und “zögerlich”

"zögerlich" ist ein relativ neues Wort, gebräuchlich erst seit den 80ern, wenn man Google glauben darf. Meines Wissens wird es ausschließlich als Ersatz für das herkömmliche "zögernd" verwendet. ...
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What does the term “fremdschämen” mean? How to write it correctly?

Saw this in a chat, doesn't yield an answer. Is this similar to have a pity on somebody? And how to write those word-creations? Is there a general rule of thumb? Seems pretty arbitrary. I saw: ...