Pohl

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Dialectal form of standard Pfahl, used in this form in most dialects of North Rhine-Westphalia, including German Low German, Low Franconian, and Ripuarian. Cognate with Limburgish paol, Luxembourgish Poul, Dutch paal, and English pole.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /pɔːl/ (original dialectal pronunciation)
  • IPA(key): /poːl/ (also common; by analogy with standard pronunciation rules)
  • Homophone: Pol (only by the latter pronunciation)

Noun[edit]

Pohl m (genitive Pohls (avoided), plural Pöhle)

  1. (colloquial, regional, chiefly North Rhine-Westphalia) a pale, particularly a traffic bollard
    Da kannste nich’ durch. Da sin’ überall Pöhle.
    You can't pass through there. There are bollards everywhere.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The plural is more frequent than the singular.

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