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Sometimes “s” is read like English “z”. Why?

I have seen that many times, a German word is spelled with an "s", but it is read like an English "z". Moreover, every time this happens, the Dutch cognate word is spelled with a "z". (But not the ...
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What is the origin of the word “Ursprung”?

From which words does the German Ursprung originate? In Portuguese we have the translation origem (origin), but I need to know more about this word. I tried to separate the ur from the sprung to see ...
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What word did the Germans use for “Buchstabe” before print was invented?

I've often wondered about this. "Buchstabe" obviously(?) derives from the letters used in the early printing presses (think Gutenberg). What did they call a letter before Gutenberg? update ...
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What is the origin of “Quasselstrippe”?

I'd like to know the origin of the word Quasselstrippe. Is it the cord (Strippe) on the back of puppets on which you pull and they start to talk (quasseln)? Or is the origin something completely ...
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Wo kommt der Ausdruck “Roter Retter” her?

Wiederholt habe ich jetzt den Ausdruck "Roter Retter" gesehen, sowohl in einer Kurzgeschichte als auch in Nachrichten (beispielsweise hier). Während ich in politischen Nachrichten noch nachvollziehen ...
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Origin of the “dem Mann sein Hut” construct [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: In welchen Regionen ist die dem-sein Form gebräuchlich? Does anyone know the origin of the street slang construct in the form of "dem Mann sein Hut" in place of the ...
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Was bedeutet das Wort “um” in Phrasen wie “um 5% gestiegen”, “um 10C gestiegen” und “um XYZ --”?

Ich spekuliere, dass "um XYZ gestiegen" aus der Phrase "um XYZ herum gestiegen" entstanden ist, d.h. "ungefähr XYZ gestiegen" bedeutet und damit nicht genau ist. Meine Lehrerin sagt allerdings, dass ...
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Meaning of 0815 and ger/eng alternatives?

Does 0815 simply mean something is very standard and common, or does it carry any connotations? Where can one use it, e.g. for description of processes, objects, persons? Can you give alternative ...
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What is a suboptimal question?

Attention, rhetoric question ;) Actually i came upon suboptimal and thought over its meaning and origin. Is it a anglicism, german euphemism, slang... Because the meanings i get are quite contrary: ...
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Ich mache in…

Woher genau kommt denn eigentlich der Ausdruck "Ich mache in [Immobilien]"? Das klingt für mich lediglich unhygienisch. Wo/wann wird dieser Ausdruck einem "Ich bin [Makler]" oder "Ich arbeite als ...