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Do native speakers use ZVE or CPU?

I am a computer scientist, working in this environment in different roles since the early 1990ies, and I never before have heard the abbreviation ZVE. I even never before have heard the term "zentrale ...
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Is Chutzpadik a common German word?

I’ve never heard or seen the word chutzpadik in German. Chuzpe, on the other hand, is well-known. It’s not a word that the average German is using in everyday speech, but it occurs occasionally, say, ...
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How to say "have a good vacation" in German?

"Guten Urlaub!" ("Urlaub" is masculine, so note the "n") is possible, but uncommon. The usual phrase is "Schönen Urlaub!"
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Speed and Velocity in German

You have to append vektor in German when you have to make clear a vector is meant. Geschwindigkeitsvektor (note the linking s between the two word parts and also note vektor is spoken with an o as in ...
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What does ‘-hupf’ mean in ‘der Googlehupf’?

On the dessert Gugelhupf The text is a play of words involving Google and the dessert Gugelhupf. As for the latter word it is supposed to come from merging Gugel and lüpfen. This could loosely be ...
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What does ‘-hupf’ mean in ‘der Googlehupf’?

This is a play of words alluding to the cake known as Guglhupf (also spelt Gugelhupf). This type of cake is well-known throughout the German-speaking regions even though the exact name may differ. ...
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What does "Spitzen" mean in the context of a kindergarten song?

“Spitzen” here is most likely short for “Zehenspitzen” - which means the tips of (one’s) toes. The following line - which talks about heels and toes - would fit this interpretation. And the comma isn’...
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Do native speakers use ZVE or CPU?

As a german computer scientist, I would know what is meant when someone says "zentrale Verarbeitungseinheit", even though it sounds stilted and out-of-use, but "ZVE" on its own would completely elude ...
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Is it possible to create a sentence with only one repeated (more than twice) word

As others said in the comments this is quite difficult in German language, because most sentences need some kind of "beginning". But this Website gives an example with 8 words. «Weichen ...
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deer in German: Hirsch, Reh

That's a common misconception: A "Reh" is not a female "Hirsch". "Hirsch" without further specification means the zoological family Cervidae (deer - or venison, when it's on your plate), which ...
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What's the German term for friends that you know from your childhood?

The word you are looking for is Sandkastenfreund.
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Why do Germans invent English words for themselves?

Simple answer: Because they can. This might sound a bit blunt, but that is how a language works - Words are not invented by committees of linguists that think long and hard on how something new ...
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Is Chutzpadik a common German word?

I am a historian and I had never encountered chutzpadik in German sources. I have found the word, however, in a Jüdisches Lexikon published in Berlin in 1927: Ein chuzef, auch chuzpenik oder ...
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What does "in" mean in "Sprecher/in"?

In German there can be different nouns for male or female persons. For example Sprecher and Sprecherin for a male and female speaker. Often the male term (der Sprecher) has been used as a generic ...
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deer in German: Hirsch, Reh

In the taxonomic system of biology there is a family named: Hirsche (German name) Deer (English name) Cervidae (scientific name) (Links go to Wikipedia-articles) Animals belonging to this ...
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When can ‘dus’ be used in place of ‘du’?

"Dus" in fact isn't a word on its own, it's simply the result of colloquially merging the two pronouns "du" and "es" into one. IMHO, you should refrain from using "dus" in written language. ...
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Do native speakers use ZVE or CPU?

If the intended usage is "now" then it is indeed more natural to use CPU. However, as someone who likes to read books, and prefers references in answers, I can't help to notice that a certain – ...
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Speed and Velocity in German

No, we do not make such a clear distinction in German. The German counterpart for Wikipedias entry on velocity is titled Geschwindigkeit, and it explains: Oft wird mit dem Wort Geschwindigkeit nur ...
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Do native speakers use ZVE or CPU?

I understand what ZVE means but only if compared to CPU :-) Everyone who understands computer technology should know what a "CPU" is. If at all then something like "zentrale Verarbeitungseinheit" is ...
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In welchem Sprachraum sind die Worte "Möhle", "möhlen" und "möhlig" verbreitet?

Gemäss dem Wörterbuch der deutschen Gegenwartssprache handelt es sich um ein umgangssprachliches mecklenburgisches Wort mit der Bedeutung ‘kramen, wühlen, herumsuchen’, vgl. „mölen“, Wörterbuch der ...
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How would I say, “a story about the time that...” in German?

The most idiomatic way I can think of is Hab' ich dir mal erzählt, wie ich eine Gitarre umsonst bekam? which literally translates to Did I ever tell you, how I got a guitar for free? If you want ...
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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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Is it possible to create a sentence with only one repeated (more than twice) word

Similar to the already existing answer, and unfortunately two words less :( Grillen Grillen Grillen, grillen Grillen Grillen.
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Is Chutzpadik a common German word?

I’m a native speaker and I have never heard that word. Perhaps it is a bit more common in other regions then the one where I have grown up and live. There are local differences concerning the ...
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Why is "lernenswert" not in the Duden?

To start with your second question first: No, lernenswert is a well-formed German word, consisting of the root lernen ('to learn'), the linking element -s-, and the adjective-forming suffix -wert ('...
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When does “haben” push “nicht” to the end of the sentence?

What Thorsten Link wrote is correct, but I like to give another example on how to place the nicht. I give a bit too literal translations to emphasize it. (And a note on Examen: it's Prüfung, always. ...
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What's the meaning of the German word »ran«?

"Ran" is normally the colloquial version of "heran". In this case, however, "X soll(en) heran" needs to be read as a phrase that means "it is X's job; X is expected to take care of it". (Note the ...
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Do native speakers use ZVE or CPU?

In German, only the term CPU (pronounced as German letters) is common. Although I really grew up with computers since the late 1980's, I never heard of the abbreviation ZVE. German words for the CPU ...
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Is it possible to create a sentence with only one repeated (more than twice) word

I just made up the following stupid family of examples. First, let's start modest, using the fact that the verb "sagen" (to say) is also a noun (myth / legend / saga): Sagen Sagen Sagen, sagen Sagen ...
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