I'm looking for other examples of the schön Wetter type anomaly. The only ones that I know of are :
- alt Eisen
- grob Salz
- gut Bier
They're taken from dialectal usage (Alsatian from Strasbourg) of older people around me. I don't know if it's purely dialectal or if this type of construction survives in standard German? If yes, can anyone complete the list with further examples?
I've found your answers very stimulating. Thank you all. A little research I made led me to a grammar of German published in 1768, Nouveaux principes de la langue allemande à l'usage de l'Ecole royale militaire by M. Junker. Here's the relevant extract :
Déclinaison des adjectifs mis sans l'article (Declension of adjectives without the article).
After a series of tables showing the declensions in the three genders, there follows this note :
La terminaison es du genre neutre peut se supprimer au nominatif et à l'accusatif; on peut dire gut Bier au lieu de gutes Bier. (The es ending in the neutral can disappear in the nominative and the accusative; you can say gut Bier instead of gutes Bier)
I'm tempted to conclude that Alsatian is very conservative on this point and has kept some constructions that have otherwise disappeared from the language.