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    If it's bad, why is it par excellence?

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    If it's bad, why is it par excellence?

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    All my living days ... I've never quite understood why: schlechthin

    can translate to "par excellence", when it contains "schlecht".

    Any etymologists ... or hints where to look it up?

    Are there other usages of "schlecht" in German words where it doesn't necessarily mean "bad"?
    Verfasseropine (680211) 13 Aug. 10, 16:27
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    #1Verfasser9LGEN813 Aug. 10, 16:30
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    http://de.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qi...
    Ever heard of Google?
    LEO is not the only source of wisdom and truth.
    #2Verfasserlegalieschen13 Aug. 10, 16:30
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    @2: ... neither is silicon valley. :-)
    #3Verfasser Oxymorphon (700306) 13 Aug. 10, 16:35
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    #1. Prime example! Yay. Thanks.
    #2. Thanks. If we all googled, there would be no Leo.
    #4Verfasseropine (680211) 13 Aug. 10, 16:36
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    [iI]f we all googled, there would be no Leo.

    What nonsense! There's a need for LEO precisely because a lot of us google.
    #5Verfasser dude (253248) 13 Aug. 10, 16:40
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    @legalieschen, Your yahoo! link suggests: schlechtweg

    is in the group of words, but it's not in Leo ...
    of course "schlichtweg" is.

    So is this whole existence of "schlecterdings" and "schlechthin"
    due to the fact that they haven't been changed to "schlichterdings"
    and "schlichthin"?

    Hope that makes sense.

    EDIT: dude, That's the classic half-empty, half-full. ;-)
    #6Verfasseropine (680211) 13 Aug. 10, 16:42
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    schlechthin schlechterdings, schlechtweg, schlichtweg.
    Schlecht enthält die alten Bedeutungen "glatt" und "eben",
    schlichtweg: plain, simple
    schlichten:glätten
    #7VerfasserHermann J.13 Aug. 10, 17:22
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    You could also say "vom Feinsten".
    #8VerfasserSirCharles (856269) 25 Mai 18, 09:47
     
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