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'Witzig' bei Nietzsche

Nietzsche cannot mean 'witty' (as it is currently used) here, can he? He means 'clever', 'ingenious', 'devious'. 'Witty' has not meant 'ingenious' except as humorous for several hundred years! The ...
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How to say “I have no past” in German?

I want to say “I have no past” to express the following thought: I don’t have a past, I only have the future, and I am to start anew". Is “Ich habe keine Vergangenheit” correct?
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What's the meaning of “Er hat mit ihr geschäckert”? [closed]

Can someone translate this into English: Er hat mit ihr geschäkert. The verb "schäckern" has no entry in dict.leo.org . UPDATE The correct spelling is schäkern which you can find in most ...
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Wie kann man “just in case” übersetzen?

Gibt es in der Umgangssprache eine andere Übersetzung für "just in case"? Im Wörterbuch kann ich nur einige wie "für alle Fälle", "im Notfall", aber die klingen mir zu schriftsprachlich. Könnte man ...
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Translation of “I couldn't care less”

What would be the closest translation to the sentence "I couldn't care less." It is similar in meaning to Es ist mir egal. (It doesn't matter to me) but I think it's not quite the same. ...
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How would one say 'I solved the Dirac equation.', and 'You solved the Dirac equation?'?

Given a statement and a question of nigh identical substance, I'm curious how each might be translated, specifically wondering: would they differ based on whether it is me or you concerned? For ...
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Wie übersetzt man “User Experience” im Zusammenhang mit Anwendungsprogrammen (Software) richtig?

Man findet für gewöhnlich zwei Übersetzungen: Nutzererfahrung Nutzererlebnis Die erste Variante erscheint mir vor allem missverständlich. Der Anwender macht ja keine Erfahrungen. Ihm wird eine ...
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How to translate “Who’s in?”

I’d like a colloquial translation of Who’s in? a bit like Wer kommt? but less formal.
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How to say “What is the last price?” in German?

In an antique shop in Germany, I wanted to ask what is the last price after discount (both the short form and the complete sentence). By googling, I've found: was ist letzte preis ? I wonder if ...
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How do you say “whatsoever” in German?

In everyday language one often uses the word “whatsoever“ to emphasise, as in this example from daily life: There is no problem whatsoever. I have no doubt about his work whatsoever. or in ...
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What does “beanspruchungsgerecht” mean?

This is the context: Vorteile des Werkstoffs: Grauguß Im Gießverfahren leicht formbar, deshalb kann man Gußgestelle ohne Mehrkosten beanspruchungsgerecht gestalten I understand that ...
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Confused by a sentence using “erleben”

Recently I found the following sentence at the end of a novel which I was reading in translation (i.e. it’s the German translation of an English-language novel). Dann mache ich mir eine Liste im ...
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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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What do you call being “on hold” on the telephone in German?

In the situation that someone (in the room) might ask you, Sind Sie am Telefon? and I am indeed on a call but being on hold, and thus I can still speak while waiting to be put through, I'd like ...
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Translation of “to maintain a skill”

I haven't been able to find an obvious translation for to maintain a skill. There are three verbs I've come across that seem like they could do that job: Halten Erhalten Aufrechterhalten But I ...
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How to translate “single-threaded” in a software documentation?

As the question states: How would you translate single-threaded in a software documentation? Einzel-gethreadet sounds kinda weird to me. The sentence I would like to translate is the following: ...
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What is the German equivalent to “to keep under someone's thumb”?

What is the German equivalent to the idiom under someone's thumb. Even if not exactly, is there any phrase having similar meaning?
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Need help deciphering writing on old headstone

I cant seem to read exactly what this says. I am recreating a headstone that was originally made out of white marble in 1888. It has deteriorated badly. I have figured out everything except this last ...
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What is the correct form of past tense of “sich ausgehen”

I'm looking for a form of the verb sich ausgehen in the past sense, close to the meaning of We didn't make it (because of time constraints) yesterday anymore. I was wondering if I could say ...
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Strange Pokémon attack names in a German translation

While playing Pokémon in German, I came across a few attack names (usually with the -er ending) that I wasn't able to find in the dictionary. In the English version of the game these names just seem ...
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Historically correct usage of “Britannien” and “Großbritannien”

Quick background: I am working on a translation from English to German of a Canadian history textbook (note: for grade 7 students). The textbook refers consistently to "Britain" and does not use the ...
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What does “Genievorstellung” mean?

What does the word "Genievorstellung" mean in following sentence: In der Genievorstellung der Romantik waren große Dichter über allem stehende Persönlichkeiten. Source: Der "wahre" Shakespeare
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Translation for “hypocrite”

What would the most apt translation for the word "hypocrite" be in German? In the Duden the word Hypokrit does exist, though I believe it is used very rarely. Some other online dictionaries ...
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What is the meaning of “Schlängelgang”?

What does "Schlängelgang" mean? I wasn't able to find it anywhere. This is from Fontane's Stine: Ich verstehe mich ein bißchen auf das menschliche Herz; denn sieh, wer jahrelang auf dem ...
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How do you translate “bless his (little) heart?”

I'm trying to figure out how to translate the idiomatic expression "Bless his (little) heart" into German. The general sense is: "He meant well, but, wow, was that ever dumb!" I don't think the ...
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Wie heisst “kitchen island” auf Deutsch?

Wie bezeichnet man ein kitchen island auf Deutsch? Ein kitchen island ist eine Art Schrank in der Mitte der Küche. Manche kitchen islands haben einen Herd eingebaut, andere nur Schränke. Sie werden ...
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“irgendwo hinfliegen” oder “irgendwohin fliegen”

I think he will fly somewhere next week, but I can't remember where. Wie übersetzt man das ins Deutsche? (a) Ich glaube, er wird nächste Woche irgendwo hinfliegen, aber ich kann mich nicht ...
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Yiddish phrase for “turn out the lights and go to sleep”

My mother grew up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, at a time when the neighborhood was largely inhabited by Yiddish speaking Jews. This led to the amusing situation of her Irish-born grandparents, and to a ...
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Is it possible to have a subordinate clause inside a relative clause?

Can one have a subordinate clause inside a relative clause? What I want to write in English is this: The economic crisis which started in 2007 resulted in mergers and state intervention, which ...
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“Bei vielen Menschen ist es bereits eine Unverschämtheit, wenn sie Ich sagen.”

This is a quote from Theodor W. Adorno’s Minima Moralia. One can find it here in German: Bei vielen Menschen ist es bereits eine Unverschämtheit, wenn sie Ich sagen. Or here in English: ...
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Meaning and usage of “sich unterstehen”

I found this (dwds.de): sich einer Sache unterstehen sich anmaßen, erdreisten, etw. zu tun niemand unterstand sich, ihr zu widersprechen So sich einer Sache unterstehen means sich anmaßen ...
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How to say “now a days…” / “nowadays” in German?

Google Translate says Nun wird ein Tag but I think it does not feel correct. Can we just say "Heute..."? Are there any other ways to say this? Example: Now a days smartphones are very ...
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Differences between “Lehrveranstaltung” and “Vorlesung”?

Both seem to be synonyms. In what cases should I use each one?
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“Es hat”: synonym for “es gibt”?

A teacher, I once had (native German), said there are three translations for English "there is/are": es ist (ein Auto auf der Strasse) es gibt (ein Auto auf der Strasse) es hat (ein Auto auf der ...
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Is there any difference between “aber” und “sondern” (as “Konnektoren”)?

I’m trying to study and understand how to use aber und sondern (as “Konnektoren”). In my language (Italian) there is no difference in translation; both mean something like but. I can say for example: ...
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Wie übersetzt man 'Oh, a fellow Swiss'?

"Oh, ein Schweizer" sagt, dass der andere ein Schweizer ist, aber nicht dass man selber einer ist. Gibts solch eine Formulierung? "Ich bin auch Schweizer" ist eine Möglichkeit, hat den Fokus ...
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What is correct German word for “native land”?

I'm writing a book, and I made a rule for myself, to name every chapter in German (not that I knew German really well). So trying to name a chapter, I've found that in German there are several words, ...
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Translation of “grammar Nazi”

The English term "grammar Nazi" is often used to describe a person who is overly pedantic about grammar. From what I have experienced in the English speaking world, it is generally considered ...
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Wo liegt der Unterschied zwischen “nun” und “jetzt”?

Diese Frage wurde auch hier (auf Englisch) beantwortet: What is the difference between "nun" and "jetzt"? Ich übersetzte die beiden als "now", aber ich vermute, dass es ...
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What is a Losungs-Schein?

I have 1856 document about military service, titled "Loosungs-Schein"? What does that mean? A certificate, yes, but what does "Loosungs" mean?
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Translation of “gut x kilometer”

What's the English translation of "gut dreißig Kilometer"? As in: Es befindet sich gut dreißig Kilometer außerhalb von London? I'm not sure whether it's 'a good thirty kilometres' or 'some ...
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Deutsches Wort für “adjacent possible”

Ich habe ein englisches Buch gelesen (Cal Newport, So good they can’t ignore you), in dem mehrfach der Begriff adjacent possible auftaucht. Soweit ich verstanden habe ist es der nächste Schritt nach ...
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Does “aufrollen” have a colloquial meaning?

I'm translating an old German newspaper article and the word "aufrollen" is used in what appears to be a colloquial manner, since the literal meaning "to roll (up)" doesn't quite fit. Here is the ...
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Best way of expressing “for all I know” in German

One English expression I particularly like is "for all I know". It has such a level of arbitrariness to it that is unlike any other German expression that is similar to it: For all I know, every ...
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“Redirect an address to a server” - which preposition should I use?

I want to say the following in german I want to redirect the address xxx.domain.de to the server xyz.domain.de Is the use of umbiegen nach correct in this case?
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Translation of “intervention” as in “orchestrated attempt by family and friends to give someone help with an addiction.”

The English word "intervention" can have the following meaning (taken from wikipedia): An intervention is an orchestrated attempt by one, or often many, people (usually family and friends) to get ...
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Wie sagt man »to be back to normal«?

Meine Frau und ich hatten einen Streit und jetzt sind wir zur Normalität zurückgekehrt. My wife and I had a fight, but now we are back to normal. Ich weiß nicht, ob dieser Ausdruck zu diesem ...
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“kein Klavier” or “nicht Klavier” spielen?

Ich spiele nicht Klavier. / Ich fahre Auto nicht. vs. Ich spiele kein Klavier. / Ich fahre kein Auto. What are the differences between those sentences? My grammar book says that Klavier spielen, ...
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Does this 18th-century German quotation include a source?

While researching for a separate question,1 I came across a book published in German in 1778 by the historian D. H. Hering. He records an interesting anecdote about Martin Luther, which was later ...
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What's the German name for an equal spacing divider?

What is the German name for this tool? It is used to divide lengths into equal sections. In English it is called an equal spacing divider. It is used in engineering.