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Oct
18
comment Meaning of “Räumgitter”
Many German compound words are not to be found in dictionaries, you have to look them up by their constituents – in this case räumen and Gitter.
Oct
17
comment What is an acceptable response to “wie geht's”?
I'm a German living abroad, but at the German school of Rome and in Saarbrücken, where I lived for 1 year, I never happened to hear "Danke, gut, und selbst?" instead of "Danke, gut, und dir?". Moreover, this selbst is not grammatically correct, as far as I know.
Oct
12
comment Is there an online German dialect dictionary?
Nit (not nitt) also appears in the original text of the German military mourning song "Ich hatt' einen Kameraden"
Oct
11
revised What does the “kz” abbreviation mean in a programming/technical context?
fixed spelling
Oct
11
comment What does the “kz” abbreviation mean in a programming/technical context?
@HagenvonEitzen: eigentlich von صفر ṣifr (Null)
Oct
11
suggested suggested edit on What does the “kz” abbreviation mean in a programming/technical context?
Oct
9
comment Is the word “erkrankte” dated?
Rather than dated I would say it's not Umgangssprache
Oct
9
comment “Brg” at the end of emails
My guess is that your colleague looked up a translation for mfg, and found that brg resembled it the most
Oct
9
comment “Brg” at the end of emails
apparently confirmed by acronyms.thefreedictionary.com/BRG and acronymfinder.com/BRG.html
Oct
4
comment Herkunft von “in die Röhre gucken”?
Die Quelle scheint mir nicht besonders zuverlässig zu sein. Übrigens stimmt m.E. "Daher auch..." nicht.
Sep
24
awarded  Autobiographer
Sep
21
comment Gibt es im Deutschen Reste von anderen grammatischen Fällen als den vier üblichen?
Die Frage ist, ob es einen Fall geben kann, der in keiner Flexion erkennbar ist
Sep
21
comment Gibt es im Deutschen Reste von anderen grammatischen Fällen als den vier üblichen?
cf. the answer by Stefano Palazzo
Aug
18
comment What is the Singular of 'Ferien'?
This is a case of a collaborative answer, which is not provided for by StackExchange. I think it would be more correct if Ingmar and @Carlster shared my +1.
Aug
18
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Jul
28
comment Mixing of 'tschüss' and 'ciao' in saying farewell
@fdb, I suppose Raphael was asking what the Dutch word is, from which tschüss is supposed to derive.
Jul
28
comment Mixing of 'tschüss' and 'ciao' in saying farewell
As a small note: Italian speakers use ciau very rarely, and only as a joke. For German speakers, on the other hand, the final o is difficult to pronounce, thus the u. Other info can be found in Wikipedia
Jul
26
comment Is there a rule that dictates whether to use the eszett (scharfes S) or double s?
ß is a ligature - it has always been - between ſ (the long s) and z or (today exclusively) s. And BTW, the capital ß is a character in Unicode (U+1E9E, ẞ), so most serious fonts should have it. Anyway, my relatives in Germany have TROß in their passports (my Grandma came to Italy when ß was perceived more as a ligature than it is today)
Jul
2
comment Meaning of “Abgechecktheit”
now that you know, you can write an answer to your question, so we know too :-)
Jun
27
comment Semantische Vokalvielfalt
ich fände es interessanter, wenn es um Wörter ginge, die vom selben Stamm abgeleitet sind, wie z.B. Lage, lege, liege (mehr als eine Dreier-Gruppe fällt mir im Moment nicht ein, aber es müsste mindestens eine Vierer-Gruppe geben)