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Random piece of trivia

The German word Ausdruck has two plurals: Ausdrucke means "print-outs" (documents that come out of a printer) and Ausdrücke means "expressions" (figures of speech, phrases).

Also, Wort (word) has two plurals: Worte means "words" in the sense of connected words (the speakers' words, words of wisdom, without many words) while Wörter means "words" in the sense of individual words (words in a dictionary, words that take the ending -en, a bunch of words on a piece of paper). Interestingly, this maps fairly well, I believe, to the Greek distinction between λόγια (Worte) and λέξεις (Wörter).

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