Archiv der Kategorie: posts in English

What Americans don’t get about health insurance

For reasons that escape me, Americans don’t seem to understand how good health insurance works. Essentially, it is a solidarity system where everybody pays their premiums into a big pot so that if they (or anyone else) gets sick, their … Weiterlesen

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Donald Trump, Typoglycemiast: Elected to lead, not to proofread!

Just about everything about Donald Trump – his hairdo, his sixth-grade vocabulary, his inability to focus on complex issues, his tendency to grope first and think later – have been fodder for journalistic witticisms in the past, but leave it … Weiterlesen

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Who Wants to be a Millionaire? I Did!

  Perhaps I have been leading a sheltered life lately, but it is years since I ran across one of those infamous “Nigerian Scams”. Someone overseas offers you a share in a large sum of money or a payment on … Weiterlesen

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Esszett or not to esszett – that is the question!

„How do you know when,in German, a word with an ‚ß‘ needs to have an ‚ß‘ or ’ss‘?“ I recently stumbled across this interesting question on Quora, so I sat down, did some research and compiled this answer: You have … Weiterlesen

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Robber Barons

What is the biggest obstacle in the way of transnational IoT? Borders, of course – or, more precisely, national borders. This might seem counterintuitive at first. After all, data flows around the world all the time without ever stopping for … Weiterlesen

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Robots join the conversation

Robots have hands and feet, arms and legs, a torso of some sort or another and a kind of head sitting on top, maybe with bulging, fly-like facetted eyes or camera lenses that stare back at ist human interlocutor. If … Weiterlesen

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Why Berliners and Bavarians don’t understand each other

I am a great fan of Quora, the portal that lets you answer questions from total strangers on almost any topic under the sun. My specialty, it seems, is explaining German to foreigners, and here is a typical example: „For … Weiterlesen

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How Many German Languages Are There, Anyway?

Americans and Britons, as George Bernard Shaw famously said, are two peoples separated by a common language. If so, then the same goes for Germans – except there are hundreds of different languages to choose from. On the North Sea … Weiterlesen

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Good Goys, Bad Guys

Kuddos to the Huffington Post for giving us one of the greatest headlines in recent times, namely „Goy, Bye“ for an article describing the firing of Stephen Bannon as Donald Trump’s strategy (now there’s an oxymoron for you) advisor. However, … Weiterlesen

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A loaf of bread, a steak, and thou

My grandfather Clifford Alonson Cole was a pious man of the cloth, and for him – and especially for his wife, my grandmother Bessie Mae – foul or frivolous language was both sinful and a sign of bad taste. But … Weiterlesen

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