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German word for a specific situation in an image

German compound nouns are often made fun of because of their length. To nonspeakers, they look monstrous and incomprehensible. But in reality, they are quite simple. There's always at least two parts,...
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How widely used is the term Treppenwitz? Is it something that most Germans know?

From my experience, most people have heard of the term, but don't neccessarily know the exact and/or correct meaning. And "Treppenwitz" also isn't regularily used in day-to-day conversations, either.
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German word for a specific situation in an image

Most commonly this is referred to as Tresorsturzopferclownausrutschbananenvorfall Which translate to incident related to a banana on which the clown, that is victim of a falling safe, is slipping
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Is it "Vierergruppe" or "Viergruppe", or is there a distinction?

For me, "Viergruppe" sounds simply wrong, so I consider it a typo in the sources, you found. As mentioned in the linked answer compositions of nouns in German may have a "Fugenlaut". For combinations ...
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Could someone identify this word in the phrase "Die ____ grüßen den Führer"?

The word is Steyrwerke. It was a weapons factory company in Steyr, Austria.
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Is "Rotenstrand" a correct term?

You can say "Oderstrand" or "Rheinufer" because you would not say "Oder Fluss" or "Rhein Fluss". The Red River (at least the one in Asia) is translated as "Roter Fluss" so you would have to say "am ...
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Is leaving out prefixes like "rauf", "rüber", "rein" when describing movement considered a big mistake in spoken German?

No, it is not necessary It does not sound bad or unusual if you use the short version. The longer version just puts more emphasis.
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"tax temperature rent reduction"?

The billboard is showing an advertisement for the Berliner newspaper Der Tagesspiegel. The full text reads Steuertemperaturmietensenkung Wie das nach der Wahl alles zusammen funktionieren soll. Bei ...
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How flexible is German in forming compound adjectives?

Your examples are useful to show that there are limits. From your examples schachbegeistert und diamantartig will be accepted wihout question. We will correct lesenbegeistert to lesebegeistert, ...
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German word for a specific situation in an image

Then one German speaker told the following word clownenschadenmitbananaundsafeleiderkaputt. Apart from the fact that this is not a German word, it is nonsense. It still would be nonsense if the ...
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“Eine Flasche Wasser” versus “Eine Wasserflasche”

It's really pretty much the same in English, a bottle of water vs. a water bottle. While a Flasche Wasser certainly has some water in it, a Wasserflasche can be both full or empty. It's even more ...
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Warum verliert "Schule" in Zusammensetzungen ("Schulhaus") das "e"?

Wenn zusammengesetzte Substantive gebildet werden, wird zwischen die einzelnen Bestandteile ein Fugenlaut eingefügt. Der häufigste Fugenlaut ist die sogenannte Nullfuge. Damit ist gemeint, dass die ...
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“Eine Flasche Wasser” versus “Eine Wasserflasche”

I (native German speaker) disagree with the assessment that your teacher is "full of waste products", but I do think she is being unnecessarily unsystematic. eine Flasche Wasser is a quantity of a ...
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How widely used is the term Treppenwitz? Is it something that most Germans know?

How widely used is the term Treppenwitz? Is it something that most Germans know? I'd say that every reasonably educated native speaker of German does of course know the Treppenwitz der Geschichte, ...
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Definition of German Word "Sicherungssatz" in Backup Context

"Sicherungssatz" can be literaly translated with "backup set". Where "backup set" is used, in german it is "Sicherungssatz" here: Create a Full Database Backup Since microsoft has an consistent ...
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How does the German superpower of word chaining really work?

I question the underlying claim. There is no "word chaining super power" in German as compared to other languages. German's word chaining super power is grossly overestimated, or simply ...
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When to form compound words?

Duden states that you are allowed to add hyphens to emphasize certain parts [§45(1)] or in confusing/unclear composita [§45(2)]. This means, that Schokoladenhafermilch itself is correct. But in order ...
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Is this a rule in German language that words that end with "stand" always have "der" artikel?

It's all derived from one word "Der Stand". So every other word with whatever prefix gets the same gender. Gender always is determined by the last word in a compound. The gender also doesn't ...
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Neue Schreibweise von Komposita

Meine Vermutung: Viele Textverarbeitungsprogramme haben Probleme, zusammengesetzte Wörter in der Rechtschreibprüfung zu analysieren und markieren sie. Schreibt der unsichere Benutzer dann zwei ...
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Neue Schreibweise von Komposita

Es müsste Studententypen oder Studenten-Typen heißen. Oder eben umschrieben werden als Typen von Studenten. Auch Studenten, die jeder kennt wäre richtig. Deppenleerzeichen sind nicht korrekt. Es ...
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Was ist der Begriff für charakteristische Kombinationen wie »stinksauer«, »affenheiß«, »schweinekalt«?

Es handelt sich um Präfix-Elative. Sie sind idiomatisch, d.h. nur teilweise semantisch transparent, und treten auch in anderen indo-europäischen Sprachen auf. (Eine Auflistung kenne ich nicht, aber ...
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Ist es korrekt, mit der Vorsilbe „nicht“ Adjektive zu bilden?

Ich halte die Bildung von Adjektiven mit dem Präfix (oder Halbpräfix oder Präfixoid) "nicht" für durchaus zulässig, auch wenn solche Wörter in der Praxis selten vorkommen, weil es meistens ...
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Is "Rotenstrand" a correct term?

It only works for rivers which don't need that river extension to be recognized. So, Oh London, du Zasterpfuhl am Themsestrand (Oh London, you boodle puddle on Thames' banks) works, but for the Red ...
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Schreibt man „gut stehen“ oder „gutstehen“, wenn es um Chancen geht?

Getrennt schreiben ist hier richtig. Das Verb gutstehen (zusammen geschrieben) gibt es zwar, hat aber eine andere Bedeutung. Davon abgesehen, ist im gegebenen Satz dass mit doppeltem s und Komma ...
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What is the stylistic device in “Pistolenstich und Messerschuss”

I do not know a name for this specific construction, but I see some more general devices in action here: It is a word play (German: Wortspiel). More specifically, it is an anagram (Anagramm) - at ...
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How does the German superpower of word chaining really work?

In my opinion the "rules" come from the Bestimmungswort/ determinative element which is determined by the occasion/ context it happens usually. There are some rules (on duden.de) that touches the ...
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How widely used is the term Treppenwitz? Is it something that most Germans know?

Please note there are mainly two explanations of this word: Lack of spontaneity Sarcastic expression of something that went wrong in the past I would say the second one is the most common ...
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Genitive Case with "s"

What you heard in inglorious bastards was not a genitive case, it was a compound noun: Das ist ein Offizierstisch. There is a loose relationship between genitive case and some compound nouns, ...
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German word for a specific situation in an image

I suspect that this person either was not a German speaker or was poking fun at people who think that German compound nouns are funny (or both). While this is the subject of the cartoon, it is only ...
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"tax temperature rent reduction"?

Das Wort soll keinen Sinn ergeben. Die Zeile darunter lautet: Wie das nach der Wahl alles zusammen funktionieren soll. Bei uns erfahren sie es. Es wurden bewusst Wörter so aneinander gereiht, dass ...
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