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das Schild

Meanings

1.
the sign
(in the sense of a plate with something written on it. For the idea of "hint" the proper word is "das Zeichen")

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Word of the Day - "Schild"

A fun look at the two meanings of "Schild" and its two genders and plurals.

Vocab:

der Schild, das Schild, schildern, ausschildern, die Drüse, die Schilddrüse, der Schirm, abschirmen


Word Family

Root: *(s)kel-

This is one of various roots that all in some way carry the core sense of cutting.

Notable English members of this family are:

  • scalping, scalpel (from a Latin verb for cutting)
  •  shelf (cut from wood)
  • shield (cut from wood)
  • scale (originally referred to the bowl of a scale, direct relative of German die Schale)
  • skill (originally the ability to tell apart, to separate)
  • half (cut in half)
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