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Jun
27
comment What does “Weichspülmusik” mean?
@Joachim: Yes I think most people learn the generic sense of muzak before the learn it's a trademark as did I. Still it's worth warning people depending on what context they may wish to use it in English.
Jun
27
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Jun
27
comment What does “Weichspülmusik” mean?
Muzak is a trademark. Elevator music is the most common non-trademark term for this: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muzak_Holdings
Jun
14
awarded  Nice Question
Jun
14
accepted What's the difference between “Dialekt” and “Mundart”?
Jun
13
asked What's the difference between “Dialekt” and “Mundart”?
Jun
9
accepted What's the difference between “genau” and “stimmt”?
Jun
9
asked What's the difference between “genau” and “stimmt”?
Jun
8
comment Is Walliserdeutsch generally considered the hardest to understand German dialect?
Well they always acted surprised that I picked up on anything but peoples' reactions here are now making me more doubtful. I stayed with the family for about a week and a half so it seems odd that they would speak Standarddeutsch with each other just because I was there. But it is over ten years ago so I have to agree that I can't be certain. How easy is it to spend this much time in Switzerland and only once hear local dialect?
Jun
4
comment What are German words like Handy and Homeoffice called?
+1 for "Oldtimer" which I really hate. @ladybug: what is "Beamer"?
Jun
3
comment How to translate Fernweh to English?
I'm a programmer and I say that a lot. (Not now thow since I am currently travelling)
Jun
3
awarded  Scholar
Jun
3
accepted Is “dingsbums” offensive, rude, vulgar, etc?
Jun
3
awarded  Teacher
Jun
3
answered Is there an equivalent prestige dialect of German in the same way Received Pronunciation is to English? If so, how did it come about?
Jun
2
awarded  Nice Question
Jun
2
comment Is “dingsbums” offensive, rude, vulgar, etc?
I can't remember where I heard that. Perhaps on the internet since I wasn't aware of the word bumsen before and in fact have never used it since either. I only learned about bumsen in my quest to find out all about Dingsbums. I learned dingsbums from friends or friends of friends in Germany or Switzerland about ten years ago but I have also collected synonyms and translations of thingamabob in other languages (-:
Jun
2
comment What are German words like Handy and Homeoffice called?
Another example I can think of seems to be pan-European, appearing in at least a few languages: "camping" to mean "campground".
Jun
2
comment Is Walliserdeutsch generally considered the hardest to understand German dialect?
I thought Frisian was either a separate language or a dialect of Dutch. Or are there more than one variety of speech called Frisian?
Jun
2
comment Is Walliserdeutsch generally considered the hardest to understand German dialect?
That's interesting. I did OK with all the other Swiss dialects I came across in Bern, Basil, and St Galen. Not full comprehension but not noticably worse than in Germany, and that was overhearing two locals - not people simplifying for my sake (I did even better at those times).