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Amok

Publiziert am 11.07.2017
People often mistakingly say that the Innuit language has dozens or even hundreds of words for snow, because of the weather and the culture and so on. This is not true. What is true, though, is that English has a plethora of expressions for killing and murdering. Yes, other languages have a lot ... weiterlesen

Asshole

Publiziert am 25.07.2016
I do not know if you, dear reader, know this problem from personal experience, so I am going to tell you how it felt to me. Perhaps you can sympathise. The problem I am referring to is the problem often encountered by bilingual children when their school-peers realise they (the bilinguals) know ... weiterlesen

Avuncular

Publiziert am 17.11.2014
my dictionary suggests paternalista , which in turn translates back into English as "paternalistic, (pey.) patronizing". In all words the original Latin pater is still obvious, so it seems to me it can not be the right translation for a word whose root is not father, but uncle (that is ... weiterlesen

Bean counter

Publiziert am 05.08.2015
In the German article on Erbsenzähler I wrote that the concept can easily be translated into English with the word bean counter. Reading the definition on my Merriam-Webster´s I realise that this is not exactly true, as it reads: ¨ noun. a person involved in corporate ... weiterlesen

Blasé

Publiziert am 15.03.2016
My Merriam-Websters writes on the word blasé that it is an adjective used to describe (1) people apathetic to pleasure or excitement as a result of excessive indulgence or enjoyment: world-weary, (2) sophisticated, worldly-wise, (3) unconcerned, that it is of French origin and that the ... weiterlesen

Brainstorming

Publiziert am 28.08.2013
I believe the idea of brainstorming is a beautiful concept. I think I can remember the first time I came across this idea, although the word itself was almost certainly not used, as I read about it in Spanish. It was an article in my grandmother’s collection of Reader’s Digest, at ... weiterlesen

Breakthrough

Publiziert am 24.06.2017
I can visualize a breakthrough : You work and work, labouring and sweating away, and finally you have made it (with a little help from your friends and maybe even your enemies). You are finally through. Elation! Jubilation! The German language knows how to express this feeling too, it is ... weiterlesen

to check

Publiziert am 27.04.2014
Language brings people to think in different ways, as I believe I can see in the verb to check . This verb leads directly to the checklist. Checklists are a wonderful idea, widely used by pilots in aviation and by surgeons in medicine, among many other professionals. Checklists save ... weiterlesen

Cherry-pick

Publiziert am 02.01.2016
I do not have the slightest idea why, but English-speaking people seem to like picking cherries. At least they like it since 1965, date of first use according to my Merriam-Webster's. Germans, on the other hand, do not pick cherries, they pick raisins. I guess they pick them since long ... weiterlesen

Cluster

Publiziert am 05.06.2014
They say a cluster is a small group or bunch of something. Fair enough. I guess asking how big a small sample is would be like asking how long a piece of rope is: it depends. Despite its imprecision (or perhaps just because of it) the word is very useful and versatile. You can create the ... weiterlesen

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