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Postby KatyBr » Fri Jun 24, 2005 5:50 pm

MUAHaahahahahahhhahahahaa

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Postby Brazilian dude » Fri Jun 24, 2005 5:51 pm

Hahaha, this is the first time I've seen a German word ending in a consonant whose plural takes an umlaut plus EN. (I would have expected only E at the end, but what do I know?) That must be a really special word of yours. :wink: I'm sure it comes from Nahuatl, though.

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Postby KatyBr » Fri Jun 24, 2005 5:54 pm

Brazilian dude wrote:Hahaha, this is the first time I've seen a German word ending in a consonant whose plural takes an umlaut plus EN. (I would have expected only E at the end, but what do I know?) That must be a really special word of yours. :wink: I'm sure it comes from Nahuatl, though.

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You'll have to ask Tim, He's the back formation etymology expert

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Postby tcward » Fri Jun 24, 2005 6:18 pm

There's a story behind that ü+en. A similar word existed already in the lexicon, namely GIPF, which, when pronounced, was so akin to Güpf that it led to many zany misunderstandings. GIPF, you see, was the German word-acronym for the high council of tribes, der Große Intellekt und die Praktischen Freunde, and they didn't like people calling them a bunch of goofballs... So they had to modify their standard practices and make the plural of Gupf with the -en, and so we have Güpfen.

-Tim :shock:

....oops, had to correct typos... ruined my story with the first draft! ;)
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Postby Brazilian dude » Fri Jun 24, 2005 10:25 pm

Tim, you know what? If I didn't know that's all fabricated, I'd buy it.

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Postby Stargzer » Mon Jun 27, 2005 1:23 pm

Brazilian dude wrote: . . . :wink: I'm sure it comes from Nahuatl, though.

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