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1.
to remain behind
(Sounds a tiny bit theatrical.)
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Opposite: mitkommen
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2.
to stay back
(VERY common, in context of train platforms. That's what the voice says before the train leaves.)
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Word of the Day - "Rücken"

A fun look at the meaning of the noun "Rücken" and the verb "rücken" (which is different) all its related words. Special guest: krass.

Vocab:

der Rücken, zurück, rückwärts, Rück-, rücken, abrücken, verrückt, krass


Word Family

Root: *leip-

The original idea of this root was:

sticking, adhering, fatty substance

It’s still somewhat visible in the German word bleiben (to stay) but there’s another family member that isn’t very intuitive: life or leben in German.
The origin of this meaning is probably a notion of continuance, existence.  We typically see life as something that ends. But at by the same token, it is then “life” as long as it has not ended, as long as it sticks around.
I think one could go down a philosophy rabbit hole about this :)

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HerrStefan
HerrStefan
4 months ago

So interesting – thankyou