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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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: ...
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 ...
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 ...
German language doesn't have a present continuous/progressive tense like English, Dutch or Spanish. German has no present progressive tense ("am going"/"are buying"). The German Präsens "ich ...
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 ...
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 ...
Does someone know where the family name Lichfett comes from? I met this name in Brazil. Is it perhaps only a modified version of Lichtfett?