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MatPlus.Net Forum Promenade A set with X
 
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(1) Posted by Hauke Reddmann [Wednesday, Dec 2, 2020 15:34]

A set with X


Sorry for the pun - it's a voluntary word-for-word
mistranslation of a German phrase said when a plan
doesn't work. But the post is on a (mis?)translation
of "set" anyway:

set (E) - Satz (D)

Now surely a "set of glasses" ist "ein Satz Gläser"
in German, but even if English is not my native
language, I strongly suspect that the "set" is
not called "set" because a "set of mates", but because
"the mates are set".
Any historical/etymologician w/r to the English and
German name in the house? Whoever the perpetrator,
he earned himself a set of warm ears. (See above :-)
 
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