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  • As for the orthography reform: At one stage confronted with loads of examples re the nonsense, that rather than an improvement would turn out as an ‘improworsement’ (German: Verschlimmbesserung’), the political experts would sigh: ‘Oh dear, you are right but now the new dictionaries are printed and it would be just unaffordable to withdraw them.’

    The strange case of the disappearing apostrophes


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