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Can anyone help me? Trying to dds, whose caterpillar arrived today from Germany, what that funny 'S' is, from Germany

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earlgrey Thu 18-May-06 19:45:05

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earlgrey Thu 18-May-06 19:45:42

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zippitippitoes Thu 18-May-06 19:46:56

Are you writing in code?

Californifrau Thu 18-May-06 19:47:14

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Racers Thu 18-May-06 19:47:52

You mean a letter of the alphabet or something? Isn't it a double 's' which looks like a 'B' - or am I holding the wrong end of the stick completely?

DumbledoresGirl Thu 18-May-06 19:48:21

Then letter that loks like a capital B is a double s.

Pruni Thu 18-May-06 19:48:40

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earlgrey Thu 18-May-06 19:49:08

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sazzlelou Thu 18-May-06 19:49:24

The funny S is a esszet (sp?). Its an extra letter in the german alphabet that comes after an S. its kind of an S with z

tissy Thu 18-May-06 19:50:59

have a look at this

emkana Thu 18-May-06 19:52:04

It is called "scharfes s" or "eszet". It's pronounced like ss. It is used after a long vowel (as in Großbritannien).

Pruni Thu 18-May-06 19:52:04

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Pruni Thu 18-May-06 19:52:31

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Rhubarb Thu 18-May-06 19:52:51

Oh, I thought you meant a real caterpillar all curled up in an 'S' shape!

Pruni Thu 18-May-06 19:57:42

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roisin Thu 18-May-06 20:37:13

Apologies for brief hijack:
I have a vague memory that the "rules" for use of the Eszet changed 5-10 yrs ago. Is that correct?
If so can anyone summarize for me?

emkana Thu 18-May-06 20:38:24

roisin, have a look at the link tissy posted below, it's all explained there.

tissy Thu 18-May-06 20:38:57

look at my link roisin

roisin Thu 18-May-06 20:51:22

Thank you

earlgrey Thu 18-May-06 21:58:44

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Ellbell Thu 18-May-06 23:57:55

Didn't it get abolished in the spelling reform, though?

emkana Fri 19-May-06 08:08:11

Not abolished completely, just used less.

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