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The highway … auf Deutsch

By Debra Dobbins

The German word Autobahn, which means highway, crops up in today's crossword puzzle answers. It illustrates that other languages besides English create portmanteau words.

Autobahn is made up of two words: auto, meaning motorcar or automobile, and bahn, a path or road.

Autobahn is capitalized even within a sentence, because Germans capitalize all nouns, not just proper nouns.

Two Autobahns crossing near Frankfurt, Germany
Photo by Vladislav Bezrukov courtesy of Wikipedia
Originally posted on Flickr





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