Sprachgefühl

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from German Sprachgefühl.

Noun[edit]

Sprachgefühl (uncountable)

  1. The instinctive or intuitive grasp of the natural idiom of a language. [from 20th c.]
    • 2017, Kory Stamper, Word By Word, Vintage 2018, p. 15:
      Not everyone has sprachgefühl, and you don't know if you are possessed of it until you are knee-deep in the English language, trying your best to navigate the murky swamp of it.

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Sprache (language) +‎ Gefühl (feeling)

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈʃpʀaːχɡəˌfyːl/

Noun[edit]

Sprachgefühl n (genitive Sprachgefühls, no plural)

  1. the instinctive or intuitive grasp of the natural idiom of a language

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