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Apr
29
comment Was ist die deutsche Variante von “Textspeak”?
Da habe ich m1e 2fel, ob solche 3sten Schreibweisen, bei denen sich mir die 10nägel hochklappen, im Deutschen sich nicht eher n8eilig auswirken, denn das tät 1em die ganze Kommunikation ver7.
Apr
23
comment How does the pronunciation of “dass” compare to “das”?
In English, the past tense of to read has the same pronunciation as the colour red as well. Nobody has difficulties with parsing spoken sentences like "Last week, I read red books"
Apr
23
comment How does the pronunciation of “dass” compare to “das”?
@ThorstenDittmar The rule you quote only tells us that dass has a short a (as it should be written daß otherwise). This does not say anything about the length of a in das. There is a proper name Dahs that does have a long a. During my schooldays in northern Germany, I have never ever experienced a difference in pronounciation between das and dass (or daß back then), even in beginners dictation exercises. The words are also always referred to as "das mit s" vs. "dass mit Doppel-s (or formerly: es-zet)", never as "das mit langem a" vs. "dass mit kurzem a"
Apr
17
comment Would a computer use ‘du’ or ‘Sie’ for the user?
@Crissov The most awful example ever of addressing the user was the haunting "It looks like you're writing a letter, it looks like you're writing a letter, it looks like you're writing a letter, ..."
Apr
9
comment How do Germans give new words gender?
And "das iPhone", "die NASA", "Youtube".
Feb
23
comment Genitive of masculine plural indefinite nouns: -n ending
When would you use that form anyway? "Ich gedenke der Männer" - "Ich gedenke Männer[n]"? -" Ich bedarf der Männer" - "Ich bedarf Männer[n]". They all sound weird anyway, but probably more so because the genitive is getting out of fashion.
Jan
31
comment Alternative for “das Bewundertwerden”
You may even end back at Bewunderung, e.g., Herbert genoss das Bewundertwerden is just Herbert genoss die Bewunderung.
Jan
5
comment How difficult is Mozart’s German for language learners?
@MarioTrucco ... an observation that supposedly takes us from Mozart to Verdi, and in fact to the abbreviation rather than the composer
Dec
14
comment Using “Ball” and “Kugel”
@try-catch-finally A plasric Fußball`may be more like a perfect sphere than a *Bowlingkugel with its three finger-holes. Maybe a Kugel is more for rolling and a Ball for bouncing (I know that bouncing occurs in billard and bowling, but those are more exceptional movements)? - Apart from that, a bullet is also a (Gewehr/Pistolen(Kanonen-)Kugel, supporting the hard material theory ...
Oct
23
comment Do words with “-zeug” endings refer to categories or specific objects?
I suppose Werkzeug is often collection of tools rather than tool. I would say "Ich habe all mein Werkzeug in dieser Kiste" (not "alle meine Werkzeuge") = "I have all my tools in this box". (On the other hand, "Eine Zange ist ein Werkzeug zum Ziehen von Nägeln" = "Pliers are a tool used to pull out nails")
Oct
4
comment Words where changing “ß” to “ss” changes the meaning, e.g., “Maßen” to “Massen”
Erdgeschoß pronounced with long "o" is new to me, I must admint. -- Regarding capitalization of ß, the DUDEN suggests specifically for ambiguous cases (such as Masse/Maße) to use SZ for ß instead of SS. That being said, I object strongly against the idea of introducing a capital ß as well as against the often observed leaving ß as-is ("MAßE")
Sep
29
comment Weglassen von Artikeln
Nebenbei, ein Ursprung des sparsamen Gebrauchs von Artikeln (und auch von "und") im Zusammenhang mit Wohnungsbeschreibungen mag im häufigen Vorkommen in Kleinanzeigen liegen
Sep
29
comment What is “Hacke, Spitze, eins, zwei, drei”?
Das war jetzt aber eine Hacke zu viel, oder? Man hakt sich wohl eher unter ;)
Sep
29
comment Is there an alternative to using “man” repetitively?
For example, if you had strictly avoided the repetition of "boring" in this answer, it would have become less comprehensible.
Aug
25
comment Welches deutsche Wort hat die meisten Konsonanten in Folge?
Rote Bete! Nicht Kohl ...
Aug
25
comment Warum werden manche Worte wie z.B. blümerant nicht oder kaum noch genutzt?
@splattne Ich glaube mich zu erinnern, dass "Schmeckt lässig, die Schoki - richtig lässig" dementsprechend tatsächlich Werbespruchvorgänger von "It's cool, man" war :)
Aug
25
comment »Die Tür ist auf« vs. »Die Tür ist offen«
Hauptsache, man rennt nicht mit zuen Augen durch ein aufes Fenster - sonst hat man bald abbe Arme.
Aug
17
comment Is the term “meine Liebe” strong to a German?
It is really hard to tell out of context and there are sometimes surprising meanings. For example, "Freundchen" can mean quite the opposite of "(little) friend" and is used when repremanding someone. - At least "Liebchen" in Rhineland dialect would be absolutely harmless as it is used by men to address virtually any female.
Aug
1
comment Is „Hochsee tauglich“ wrong?
@celtschk It's the old ambiguity between Mädchen-Handelsschule and Mädchenhandels-Schule ...
Aug
1
comment »Peter hatte angst« – Why do we use »hatte« instead of »war«?
@HubertSchölnast I'm afraid "afraid" is not just another adjective in Englih, either. Peter can be a hungry fellow, or a thirsty fellow, but I have never heard about an afraid person.