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Nov
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Nov
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comment Usage and translation of “blitzkrieg”
Really, “no more acceptable”? No, that’s nonsense. I can think of plenty of situations where using “Blitzkrieg” or “Grammatiknazi” would be entirely acceptable. I can’t think of any where trivialising the holocaust would.
Nov
30
comment Why is »ß« substituted with »ss« rather than »sz«?
Furthermore, I’m not sure why you are doubting the question’s premise: it’s well established that substitution of “ß” with “SZ” used to be common. In fact, it was the rule in the 1901 Rechtschreibung. Substitution with “SS” came later.
Nov
30
comment Why is »ß« substituted with »ss« rather than »sz«?
“The usage of SZ is simply incorrect” — Such prescriptivist dogmatism is rarely useful. The alte Rechtschreibung recognised “SZ” as an entirely correct (albeit unusual) spelling of capital-ß. The neue Rechtschreibung leaves this rule out. That doesn’t make its use incorrect though, it just removes it from the amtliche Rechtschreibung.
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Jun
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comment Why is »ß« substituted with »ss« rather than »sz«?
“Szene” is actually an interesting example since its original pronunciation (the one I learned in school) uses the same sound as “ß”. For whatever reason, it has very recently changed to the /s-z/ pronunciation.
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Aug
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comment Polite alternatives to “Grüß Gott”?
@harper Yes; that’s why I said “or ‘Moin’ in the north”.
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Apr
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comment Is the title of the “Vincent will Meer” grammatically correct?
+1 for nice film & nice question.
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Feb
20
answered When can the Sütterlin be expected to be understood?
Feb
20
comment Why is there a definite article precedent to a name?
@musiKk Which nicely highlights the issue: no matter the of regional differences, the version including article sounds like inarticulate baby-talk to people who are not used to it (as in: this is how people talk to small children).
Feb
10
comment What is the best German translation for the useful word “issue” when describing a problem?
Either way, this is a compound word! Meaning, you need to put a hyphen: “Save-as-XML-Problem”. I know lots of people omit it but they are wrong.
Jan
24
comment How to distinguish between a female friend and a girlfriend?
@Arthaey Oh but you sometimes do use “girl friend” in speech to distinguish the gender. You are right about stress but that is easily lost.
Dec
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comment Ist ein Buchstabe eine Nummer?
@bitmask Guter Einwand. Die Definition, die der Duden für „Zahl“ gibt (habe ich oben in Antwort auf fzwo zitiert) ist besser als meine.
Sep
20
comment What is the appropriate capitalization of 'ß'?
@Takkat What do you mean, “valid”? The Duden doesn’t prescribe correct usage, it describes common usage. There are very few places where adherence to the Duden is required, but this is a thing between you and your employer.
Sep
20
answered What is the appropriate capitalization of 'ß'?