1. Double edged swords were reserved for nobility in many areas in medieval/renaissance Germany. Commoners carried „long knives“. Reason was probably to keep armor piercing weapons out of farmer hands

  2. I believe cross-bows were outlawed, because they were seen as unchivalrous, the weapon of a coward and not worthy to be operated by a true knight.

  3. out of genuine curiosity, what makes you uncomfortable about burqas?

  4. The fact that you can't see the person's face and above that the blatant mysogynism. I feel really threatened by the latter. I don't want to live in a society where women are hidden behind layers of fabric. And also the fact that in my perception - be it true or imagined - I always get the feeling that the burqua is worn as a statement to show that the wearer is a good and pure person, therefore implying that women who don't, are slutty. I'm not saying that all of this is really the case, but that's just how I perceive it and why I feel bad about it. Add to that, that I live in a country that rose from 0% muslim population to more than 10% muslim population in less than 30 years, what changed society a lot and not for the better. We had several attacks on women sunbathing topless by guys whose wives/sisters etc wear burquas and that caused a lot of outrage, so the burqua is something that many people see as a direct attack to our way of living. I couldn't even tell you, how I feel about a ban, because intellectually I'm all for personal freedom to live your life as you please, but emotionally I'm all for banning it.

  5. That seems like a lot of projection, including a man’s actions onto the women both related and unrelated to them. Does that not seem like it’s own form of misogyny? Women wearing burqas had nothing to do with those attacks but you’re uncomfortable with the women…

  6. I'm uncomfortable with the display of the Wahhabi ideology.

  7. As I recall Mein Kampf was finally un-banned a few years ago in Germany when a scholarly edition was released.

  8. It wasn't exactly banned, but the intellectual property rights of (I think only) the German version belonged to the state of Bavaria, which didn't licence any reproduction. So when the rights expired 70 years after the death of the author, it became possible to reprint it.

  9. I have actually never made a lasagna from scratch in my entire life. But, I figure if I can make bolognese, I may be able to make lasagna

  10. Bricks are still being used, but I think less and less. Prefab concrete is the "cheap" building method of today. Stone houses have been out of fashion for centuries.

  11. Bricks are still quite common for Individual houses. At least that's what I see near where I live. The little old wooden (?) gardening plot houses get pulled down and are replaced by a brick or wood house, if it is an individual owner and by concrete if a member of the three 'let's destroy the Alte Donau' - building societies get their claws in the garden patch.

  12. Do any Europeans ever give their children first names that are basically their last names?

  13. If I recall correctly, it is not allowed in Austria and the registration clerk would throw it out. But then German surnames that are also firstnames are exactly like the Firstname, not without an added -s/-son or similar. So calling your child Otto Otto or Wilhelm Wilhelm would be a no. If you have a foreign name like Philips or Eriksson, it might be different. Erik Eriksson would be possible, Philip Philips maybe not (I'm not sure, but it wouldn't be common anyway, because the surnames with the -s are not common).

  14. Nowhere in my comment did I mention the state paying for anything.

  15. But that's the consequence. If you don't pay, society won't let your child starve to death, if it is a somewhat civilised society. And why on earth should society be ok to pay for your familial obligations? I'm ok if my taxes are used for keeping poor children fed and clothed, but only if both parents make an effort first. The dad waltzing away, because he had no choice and burdening tax payers with his parental responsibilities is nothing I'm ok with as a tax payer.

  16. The dad isn't burdening anyone. It's the woman who had the decision to bring the baby to term.

  17. A society that allows parents to abandon their children and leave them in misery without second thought would be just as vile as the selfish "fathers" whining for their so-called right to abandon their children without any consequences.

  18. Selbes Haus im Bezirk Ibk-Land: 1.6 Mille (Ohne Wasserrecht, Oma hat Wohnrecht auf Lebenszeit, Wasserschaden im EG, kein Keller, Dachstuhl muss saniert werden, Verdrahtung zweipolig, Leiche im ersten OG, Exorzist benötigt, Scheißhaus im Garten).

  19. Dafür ist es im Bezirk Innsbruck-Land und nicht im Bezirk St. Pölten-Land. Lage, Lage, Lage!

  20. You could read Seume, A stroll to Syracuse beforehand. He did the hike around 1800 and wrote a book about it.

  21. Why did you pick Bavarians and not Austrians as an example?

  22. Because Austrians no longer identify as Germans, Bavarians do.

  23. Any recommendations for Planai in Austria? I head out there next month and wondering what the best runs were?

  24. It's 4 connected mountains, so it's a huge resort. If you are advanced, you can do the run, they do the World Cup Slalom on. It's pretty steep. Or you start high up on the mountain and do the old downhill track (no longer used, because too fast and dangerous for downhill racing, but a nice slope, if not under race conditions).

  25. The ones in petrol stations are actually more for children. But if you're small enough, go ahead...

  26. Das Vermögen wird synonym zum (finanziellen) Besitz verwendet. ZB. das Vermögen von Jeff Bezos beträgt 120,4 Milliarden USD.

  27. Das Vermögen und etwas vermögen ist aber nicht das gleiche.

  28. Etwas vermögen (als Verb) ist ein sehr gehobenes Synonym zu können. Es findet sich hauptsächlich in literarischen oder sonst gehobenen Texten, aber kaum in der Alltagssprache.

  29. From the comfort of my 9th floor balcony I mostly marvel at the well planned, soulless lower middle class housing slowly decaying into obsolescence. About a kilometre south, the white light spots of the local prison lighten up its high gray concrete walls. To my left, aside from a perfectly lit catholic church, the rest of the city is mostly obscured by the wintery brown branches of well planned lines of trees along the its roads and streets. To my right, a little further away, the local chemical factory is silently damping thick black clouds into the atmosphere. On the other side of the flat we can overlook the beautiful Vinex area (early 2000s architecture) where the middle class lives. It's built around a lovely, well kept man-made park with fountains splashing in a concrete pond. The tiniest bit of elevation allowed for the man-made construction of a fake rock formation in between the paths. The paths themselves slither through freshly cut green grass, colourful shubbery and they all lead to a little café in the middle which is never open. The park always closes at 8, because it makes the elderly who live around feel safer. My flat is separated from the park by a train track. No train ever passes by, but we still have to make quite the detour to enter the park because of it. The park truly is a sight to behold, but you can only see it when you're at the front door. The park is located directly north from our flat. No-one in their right mind wants to have a balcony facing north. Not the Dutch at least, we'll take the factory and the prison.

  30. From a literary point of view this is a fantastic description. I virtually saw your neighbourhood before my eyes.

  31. I wouldn't use 'weg vom Fenster' that way. To me it doesn't mean that someone is dead, but that they are not really relevant or successful anymore. You might say it for a professional sports player, who doesn't win anymore or who lost their spot in a team. Might be regional, though.

  32. I am really curious to know how common it is to know these things about your language, unless you are a linguist or at least studied the language to advanced levels.

  33. I cannot confidently answer the tenses question (I'm Austrian, we use two tenses in daily speech), but I learned Latin at school in prehistoric times for 6 years and this class was a major German grammar drill, much more than German class.

  34. You can also visit Innsbruck from Kitzbühel, it is a really nice town.

  35. I sometimes use it, when talking about someone of whom I only know the first name, but am not familiar with. Like the hairdresser, a waiter, my nephews' kindergarten teacher. I wouldn't address those people directly with Herr/Frau Firstname, though. But I would ask someone, if their hairdresser is also Frau Firstname.

  36. And for the love of god and all that is holy, if you want to do some snow activity, like sledging or snow-shoeing, or even just throw yourself in the snow, don't wear jeans, you'll regret it.

  37. Thanks. It seems that the only reasonable usage of Fräulein these days is in rare situations where a formal title is used for a little girl. Airline booking systems, bank account holder’s name, that sort of thing. Or maybe not even that…

  38. Fräulein has not yet died out everywhere as an address for a waitress. Some older people still use it in that context, but it's fading.

  39. I live not too far from three borders with three different languages, but speak none of them (except for some singular word), whereas most of our neighbours seem to speak German pretty fluently. The neighbouring language that Austrians living close to a border will speak most likely, is Italian. Especially in Carinthia, which borders Italian-speaking Italy, it is quite common to know some Italian.

  40. Most rental apartments are unfurnished, even though they sometimes have a full kitchen or a built-in closet. The basics they have to have are a kitchen stove and sink. A lot of people who rent long term or with no limit to the contract ask to have them removed though, because they rather buy a proper kitchen for themselves.

  41. Österreichisches Hochdeutsch und bundesdeutsches Hochdeutsch sind nicht so unterschiedlich, aber ein Beispiel fällt mir ein:

  42. I’m sure you are right about some people losing their inhibitions when they’re away from home. I’m sure a lot of things we hear about how Americans behave while in Europe is for that reason. I definitely did not judge all Europeans by this.

  43. I didn't think you were generalising ;)

  44. That depends on the country of the beach. My younger Austrian compatriots prefer getting trashed in Croatia, the Brits and the Germans seem to favour Spanish beaches for the same activity. So everyone does the best they can to live up to the various stereotypes, we Europeans have about each other.

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