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Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
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cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: September 13th, 2007 04:06 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: intrigued!

"I love the umlaut. I use it in order to intone my happiness loudly." But the fun of the pun is entirely lost in translation. The German Laut means "sound" as a noun, but the identically spelled adjective laut means "loud." Läuten, as a transitive verb means to ring or otherwise elicit sound from, hence "intone." The word Umlaut is made of the noun Laut and the prefix "um", which, as a preposition coupled with "zu", means "in order to." An Umlaut is a noun specifying, roughly, "that which is used in order to make a particular sound," which is what umlauts are used for.
From: e4q Date: September 13th, 2007 04:13 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: intrigued!

cool beans!

i knew it was worth asking!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: September 14th, 2007 01:26 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: intrigued!

I'm always happy to go German on anyone's ass!
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