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What are the differences between "Kunststoff" and "Plastik"?

I don't think that what you found is really contradictory at all. The only thing I believe should be clarified is the distinction "formal" vs. "colloquial." Depending on your understanding of "...
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How is the symbol § called in German?

§ is the Paragraphenzeichen - section sign in English. § is often used when referring to a specific section of legal code. It's used to refer to Paragraphen in German, e. g. § 1 des StGB (...
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What are the differences between "Kunststoff" and "Plastik"?

Plastik is often used in a derogatory sense. For instance, Plastikspielzeug is cheap and bad toy made of plastic. Plastiktüten or Plastikflaschen are often associated with waste (mountains of litter, ...
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Was heißt »nicht steig.« in einem Wörterbuch?

"Nicht steig." ist die Abkürzung für Nicht steigerbar. Bei den betreffenden Adjektiven oder Adverbien ist eine Steigerung üblicherweise nicht sinnvoll. Beispielsweise gibt es keinen Komparativ ...
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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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German words for “capitalise” vs. “uppercase”

If you refer to a word starting in upper case, like in Substantive werden im Deutschen großgeschrieben "großschreiben" or "groß schreiben" normally refers to the initial letter of a word only. ...
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What are the differences between "Kunststoff" and "Plastik"?

While these terms are interchangeable in colloquial German, there may be differences in a technical context. Plastik is usually only applied to thermoplastics while Kunststoff can be applied to a ...
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Two-component separable prefixes in German: What are they called in German?

To answer your question of the headline first: You are searching for the German word Doppelpartikelverben (in English, you could use double phrasal verbs or double particle verbs, but as they don’t ...
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Gibt es ein Fremdwort für das Wort »Fremdwort«?

Ich muss hier leider den Teufelsanwalt spielen, und die Gegenfrage stellen, warum du überhaupt danach suchst? Es gibt ein eindeutiges, unmissverständliches Wort für »ein Wort, das aus einer anderen ...
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What does the word "Blob" mean, used in German anno 2016? And what's its etymology?

Seemingly nonsensical talk is sometimes called Geblubber in German. This most probably derives from the sound bubbles make when emerging from the water - it is a sound that is annoying enough to be ...
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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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Was ist das Antonym von ‚Fachwort‘?

Nicht für beliebige Begriffe aber für Namen von Dingen gibt es die Bezeichnung Trivialname.
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Bewohner der Insel Lesbos

Die korrekte Bezeichnung in deutscher Sprache lautet "Lesvioten" oder "Lesvonier". Der Name "Lesbe" oder "Lesbierin" leitet sich allerdings tatsächlich vom Namen dieser Insel ab.
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What is the stylistic device in “Pistolenstich und Messerschuss”

Nach Wikipedia werden Buchstabentausch und Wortsilbentausch zusammen aufgelistet. Das Beispiel, das dort als Erstes aufgelistet wird passt auch sehr gut mit obigen zusammen: Hauptpreis sind ein ...
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Difference between "accusative" and "direct object"

It's quite simple. When talking about German grammar, don't use the term direct object — and indirect object for that matter. They simply don't apply. German grammar concerns about grammatical cases. ...
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How to say "background check"

If this is about checking a criminal record the requested document is Führungszeugnis (Germany) Strafregisterbescheinigung (Austria) Strafregisterauszug (Switzerland, German) Regulations are ...
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Term for Irregular Verb

The term for irregular Verb is unregelmässiges Verb, but you aren't looking for these. German verbs follow one of four patterns. schwache Beugung (weak conjugation) starke Beugung (strong conjugation)...
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Meaning of 'uneingeleiteter Ergänzungssatz'

Ich glaube, dass er recht hat. I think that he is right. This is a sentence with a main clause and a dependent (here: object) clause introduced by dass. The object clause serves as an object to ...
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German words for “capitalise” vs. “uppercase”

There are different terms for Uppercase (or: All caps) writing: Wikipedia has “Majuskelschrift, Versalschrift oder Kapitalschrift”. I’m not sure if Großschrift is synonymous to those terms; personally,...
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Difference between "accusative" and "direct object"

Direct object and accusative object are nearly always the same thing in German, however there are a few exceptions. Consider a verb such as lehren 'teach' or kosten 'cost' that in the standard ...
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What does the word "Blob" mean, used in German anno 2016? And what's its etymology?

Blob doesn't mean anything in German. Thus no other meanings, and no etymology. With a lot of imagination, I could imagine it is a onomatopoeic expression featuring a goldfish in the glass, even if ...
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How are the rules of phonetics/pronunciation named in standard german?

An integral part of phonetics (Phonetik in German) is research not only on rules of the quality but also on rules for the quantity of a vowel. The German term for this would be Vokalquantität or ...
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Gibt es eine bestimmte Bezeichnung für Adjektive, die aussehen wie ein Partizip?

Es gibt dafür die Bezeichnung Scheinpartizipien oder auch Pseudopartizipien. Eine Quelle dafür: http://canoonet.eu/services/Controller?dispatch=glossary&input=Scheinpartizip&language=0&...
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How do you say "heritage speaker" of German, in the linguistic sense of having informally learned the language growing up?

The German word is "Herkunftssprecher". See here and here. It was transferred from English to German (loan translation).
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Term for "wollen" in "er will das nicht gewusst haben"

(1) Er soll von nichts gewusst haben. (2) Er will von nichts gewusst haben. Sollen and wollen in these examples can be called berichtend; in the literature, terms like reportiv and quotativ are used.*...
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Two-component separable prefixes in German: What are they called in German?

As far as I am aware there is no such thing as you are describing. @biolauri suggested the term Doppelpartikelverb, but it is actually a term originating from the field of Morphologie, which isn't ...
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What are German words like Handy and Homeoffice called?

here are a few more: Evergreen. english: a tree that is also green in winter. german: an old song that is still widely known. Beamer: a projector (idk: does this word exist in English?) public ...
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Was ist das Antonym von ‚Fachwort‘?

Ich schlage Profanbegriff vor. Wortschatz Leipzig nennt für profan u. a. die Bedeutungen laienhaft und alltäglich, auch wenn eine kirchliche Note mitschwingt.
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Bewohner der Insel Lesbos

Mytilener Auch möglich ist dieser schon ältere Begriff, der vor allem in Berichten der altgriechichen Geschichte vorkommt, und nach der Hauptstadt von Lesbos benannt ist. Die Inselbewohner selbst ...
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Neutraler Begriff für „Gendersprache“

Anfang 2016 habe ich eine größere Zahl an Sprachleitfäden (überwiegend aus dem behördlichen und akademischen Umfeld Deutschlands, Österreichs und der Schweiz) für diesen Bereich gesammelt und ...
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