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In native German words, is Q always followed by U, as in English?

In Latin, <qu> is a digraph used to represent the labiovelar stop [kʷ]. The spelling entered English via Latin and French. Native words with [kw] used to be spelled <cw>, e.g. cwēn "queen",...
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How to translate old German (before 1920)

I'm not sure I understand the question. Every single one of your tokens merely deviates orthographically from current norms -- in other words, everything could be expressed exactly the same way today, ...
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Warum schreibt man „nämlich“ nicht mit stummem „h“?

Eines der wichtigsten Prinzipien der deutschen Orthographie ist es, die einander entsprechenden Teile von verwandten Wörtern möglichst gleich zu schreiben (Stammprinzip). Nämlich wird also so ...
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Gothic script in which letters seem to be all mixed up

There is no substitution of letters in the text you posted. You are looking at writing in a blackletter typeface (German: gebrochene Schrift, lit. broken font) possibly Fraktur. What you believe to ...
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In native German words, is Q always followed by U, as in English?

My Database of German words contains 2174 words with Q or q followed by u, but only 2 where after Q or q comes some other letter. There is no word that ends with q. The two exceptional words are: ...
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Have spelling reformers ever proposed rewriting "-ti-" as "-zi-" when it is pronounced that way?

Yes. That is actually a significant part of one of the recent spelling reforms: Es werden neue Varianten eingeführt: Differenzial, Potenzial, potenziell, substanziell, parallel zu den schon ...
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Is the spelling 'chocolade' significant?

Here is a ngram for Schokolade/Chocolade and Chocolat: You can see Chocolade (and Chokolade) is an old writing, it was the common writing before 1900. As a trade name you can give the impression of a ...
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What transcription system from Japanese used ÿ?

This is "ij", not "ÿ" ("y" with diaeresis). It's just a peculiarity of the font used for this map that many letters connect to the following one (compare "i", "m", and "t" in "Iriomote"), so that "i" ...
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Warum wird »Richtung« auch großgeschrieben, wenn es als Präposition genutzt wird?

Es ist eine Präposition Erst einmal: Es ist keine Apposition, sondern tatsächliche eine Präposition. Grund? Erweiterungsprobe. Wenn Richtung Hannover eine Apposition wäre wie Farbe Lila oder Kaiser ...
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What is »Trööt«?

Trööt is an onomatopoeia. It is meant to symbolise the sound that you get out of a trumpet (or other brass instrument) or a party horn. Various types of the latter are frequently present at ...
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Why are some words spelled with “tz” if “z” already has the “ts” sound?

Tz indicates that the preceding vowel is short; z doesn’t (though this may still be the case for other reasons). Most other consonants are doubled in such a situation; z is different for historical ...
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When using the spelling alphabet, is it OK (or even preferable) to spell letters separately in cases where a combination of letters has its own word?

It's a dying skill, and it depends on who you're talking to on the phone. The average call center agent in customer service does not get a training that is the most professional in that aspect ...
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Why do Germans spell and pronounce "rocket" with an "a" (Rakete)?

DWDS says Der dt. Ausdruck erscheint bald mit Vokalwechsel zu a (vielleicht nach der obital. Nebenform oder in Anlehnung an lautähnliches frühnhd. Ragget(t)en ‘Schlagnetz, Schläger beim Ballspiel’, ...
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What's happening here? Dialect

Honestly I am pretty sure this is some kind of SEO (Search Engine Optimization) test website and the words are just some kind of hardly understandable gibberish. Take a look at the author, google him ...
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Verb conjugation, isst oder ißt?

The question about »ss« or »ß« is about the »Rechtschreibreform« Many words, that used to be written with »ß« are written with »ss« since 1996. Now (since 1996) it depends on the length of the spoken ...
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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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Spelling of Strudel in German: Strudel or Strüdel?

Some English speaking people who don't speak German don't understand the meaning of the dots on a, o and u, but they can see, that those dots are typical for German language. German language also ...
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How did the y get lost in German writing?

The reason y was lost is standardisation. For instance, Ebert/Reichmann/Solms/Wegera, Frühneuhochdeutsche Grammatik, list the following variants under the heading ei / ai (§ L 27): <ei, ey, eÿ, ...
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Colloquially, how is the verb for writing on LaTeX called?

Yes, that is the verb, texen or TeXen. Ich texe meine Doktorarbeit. Note that pronunciation may vary. Bavarians sometimes lean towards /x/ for the x. Those who are proud of their knowledge of ...
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Hyphen in "Samstagen, Sonn- und Feiertagen"

It actually feels equally weird to think of Mon- bis Freitag I can’t remember ever seeing that construction, it is usually Montag bis Freitag Although that has more characters. This leads me ...
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Wo steht, dass man im Deutschen Wörter im Normalfall kleinschreibt?

Welche der vielen Regeln, die der Rechtschreibrat herausgegeben hat, könnte diese Behauptung widerlegen? Zwei Ansätze: Die Vorbemerkung des Abschnitts zur Groß- und Kleinschreibung (Kapitel D, ...
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Warum wird »Richtung« auch großgeschrieben, wenn es als Präposition genutzt wird?

Ich würde bei "Richtung Osten" ganz einfach annehmen, dass hier ein Substantiv zur näheren Bestimmung eines anderen Substantivs dient - so wie in die Farbe Lila der Planet Erde der Kaiser ...
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When to use a 'k' and when to use a 'c'?

You were correct with your assumption, German almost never uses 'c' for a 'k' sound. But German has adopted many words from other languages and often keeps their writing: Café Captain Ciao City Code ....
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Was ist der Zweck des großen Eszetts?

Wenn du in Großbuchstaben schreiben musst. Heißt jemand Meißner oder Meissner wenn da MEISSNER steht? Für Namen wurde es auch vor allem eingeführt. Da nach alten Regeln hier immer ein großes SS ...
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Welche Grammatik ist "weniger falsch"?

Der erste Satz ist korrekt, der zweite nicht. Die Kurzform wäre: Diesen finden Sie im konfigurierten Verzeichnis. Analog zu Ich fand ihn im linken Kellerraum. Ich trug ihn im starken Arm.
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Wie schreibt man polnische Namen? (Grzegorz Brzęczyszczykiewicz)

Es ist im professionellen Schriftsatz nicht üblich, Namen, die in der Ursprungssprache mit lateinischem Alphabet geschrieben werden, im Deutschen irgendwie anders zu schreiben als in der ...
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In native German words, is Q always followed by U, as in English?

For a long time, the same rule "Q is always followed by u" was true for German as well. However, in mean time, the de facto defining book for the German language, the Duden added the words "Qi" (Chi), ...
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Does German language have "possessive apostrophe"?

Your question has already been answered very well. But to add some more information about the meaning of German apostrophe: In German, an apostrophe is always the hint that one letter is missing (in ...
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