|About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us|
You are not logged in. [Log In] Wordsmith.org » Forums » (Old) Weekly themes. (have been consolidated into a single forum above) » Loanwords from German » A question of usage Register User Forum List Calendar Active Topics Search FAQ
#89119 - 12/08/02 01:32 PM A question of usage
In German, all nouns are capitalized. Usually when taken as loanwrds, they are also
capitalized until they become common. I would however tend to use the capital
always. Any comments?
#89120 - 12/08/02 02:42 PM Re: A question of usage
I didn't know they ever did nouns without capitalizing them. I know I know some German nouns that were borrowed from other languages, but I can't think of one off hand. Any examples?
#89121 - 12/08/02 02:54 PM Re: A question of usage
Dear Faldage: I meant when German words are borrowed into English, after a while the capital
begins to be dropped. I think perhaps it would be better to keep the capital. For instance, in the
spelling bee words, they had "anschluss" without the capital. Next question, should the spellers
be expected to spell it :"Capital A, small n, s.c.h,l,u,s,s"
#89122 - 12/08/02 03:09 PM Re: A question of usage
I don't see why we should follow other languages' orthographic conventions. We usually drop diacriticals from French words when they become naturalized citizens.
#89123 - 12/08/02 03:34 PM Re: A question of usage
You're right about the accent marks. It would be a pain to try to be consistent in supplying them.
So the capitals might as well be omitted too.
#89124 - 12/14/02 12:22 PM Re: A question of usage
I'm not sure we couldn't use a few extra vowels to make pronunciation a bit clearer and spelling a bit more consistant. Who turned the heat awf under the melting pawt?
#89125 - 12/14/02 01:10 PM Re: A question of usage
wouldn't that be "paht"?_________________________
formerly known as etaoin...
#89126 - 12/14/02 02:54 PM Re: A question of usage
That depends upon how much time one has spent on the US east side...
... whatever werks fer yew.
Forum Stats 8817 Members
Max Online: 3341 @ 12/09/11 02:15 PM
Newest Members T_V, Gya, MichaelD, Rudolph, Cowboy_Monkey
8817 Registered Users
Who's Online 0 registered (), 48 Guests and 5 Spiders online. Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Top Posters (30 Days)
wofahulicodoc 83 LukeJavan8 69 endymion6 39 Cowboy_Monkey 38 A C Bowden 35 Tromboniator 4 May 2 hogmaster 2 tsuwm 2 PGL 1
wwh 13858 Faldage 13803 Jackie 11613 tsuwm 10528 Buffalo Shrdlu 7210 LukeJavan8 7204 AnnaStrophic 6511 Wordwind 6296 wofahulicodoc 5579 of troy 5400
Board Rules · Mark all read Contact Us · Wordsmith.org · Top
Home | Today's Word | Yesterday's Word | Subscribe | FAQ | Archives | Search | Feedback
Wordsmith Talk | Wordsmith Chat
© 2014 Wordsmith