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Dec
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comment Etymologie von “gemein”
Here's one way to look at it: one would expect that patricians and plebeians will attach rather different connotations to words associated with "the common people": derogatory ones for the former (e.g. "mean"=lowly,nasty; "common"=ordinary,vulgar;), and neutral/positive ones for the latter ("mean"=average,normal; "common"=ours, as in "commonwealth", "community", "common good", "common decency", etc.) The language retains all these echoes, even when they come from opposing camps.
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asked nutzen/nützen, tauschen/täuschen, wagen/wägen, etc
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comment Etymologie von “gemein”
FWIW, the same thing happens in English with "mean" (which can be taken either as "average", or as "base, vile, evil"), and even with the Latin-derived "community" and "common" (which can be used in the sense of "ordinary, vulgar, lowborn"). A historical connection between the two meanings seems quite plausible to me.
Dec
23
comment Looking for a collection of audio samples comparing German accents
In my Google searches I tried various combinations of Akzent, Vergleich, and Hörbeispiele... I could use better keywords...
Dec
23
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23
comment What movies are good for learners who want to improve their grammar and vocabulary?
++This is a brilliant idea!++ What could be a more fun way to learn a new language than to watch the movies one loves (and probably already knows by heart) dubbed into the new language? I wish I had more than one upvote to give it!
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revised Looking for a collection of audio samples comparing German accents
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revised Which educative video series helps me in learning German?
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accepted Suffix-based lookup tool?
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asked Looking for a collection of audio samples comparing German accents
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revised Which educative video series helps me in learning German?
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accepted On the dativ with and without “zu” (pt. 2)
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comment On the dativ with and without “zu” (pt. 2)
You're right, this follow-up question here was largely the result of my incomplete understanding of your previous answer. Thanks for the clarification.
Dec
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revised On the dativ with and without “zu” (pt. 2)
Changed word order, per Em1's comment.
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revised Relative frequency of composite nouns of three or more parts
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revised On the dativ with and without “zu”
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asked On the dativ with and without “zu” (pt. 2)
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accepted On the dativ with and without “zu”
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