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Is a Supermarkt the same as Kaufhalle? I met people in East Germany saying Kaufhalle.

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  • de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaufhalle
    – Em1
    Sep 11 '13 at 19:44
  • Thank you. But Wikipedia is wrong. The word is still very alive there.
    – SchcS
    Sep 11 '13 at 19:54
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    The article does not contradict that. In fact, it doesn't say anything about the present. You could consider it incomplete, but not wrong.
    – chirlu
    Sep 11 '13 at 20:17
  • They write "wurden ... bezeichnet"
    – SchcS
    Sep 11 '13 at 20:18
  • Actually, they write "wurden in der DDR ... bezeichnet".
    – chirlu
    Sep 11 '13 at 20:37
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Supermarkt is the more polished, West German word. Kaufhalle is a more descriptive, hence more East German variant.

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    Der Halle hört man Wände und Decke an, während der Markt mehr nach Pferdemist und Schlamm klingt. Allerdings kaschiert die westliche Version, dass man womöglich Geld los wird. Sep 12 '13 at 2:36
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    I disagree with the juxtaposition of polished/more descriptive. All my Berlin friends who grew up in the GDR, now in their thirties/forties, still use "Kaufhalle" on a regular basis (sometimes ironic, though).
    – myhd
    Sep 13 '13 at 18:47
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Yes, "Kaufhalle" is indeed a word that says "DDR" at least as strongly as "Zweiraumwohnung".

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There was a supermarket chain called Kaufhalle, so if someone said he goes to Kaufhalle, he really goes to a shop named Kaufhalle. Last shop was closed in 2007 or 2005. http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaufhalle

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    You mean a different Wikipedia link: de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaufhalle_AG – However, the range of goods was very different from a GDR Kaufhalle or a FRG Supermarkt, and its importance was not such that it would become a generic term.
    – chirlu
    Sep 12 '13 at 15:11

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