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28/07/2012

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Stan

The unintended meaning is so strong that it suggests "the Olympics" also means something else. (I decline to speculate what.)

Peter Harvey

I first came across this problem as a common mistake in Germany, where Rückseite literally means backside but is used to mean the back of an object. I wonder if it might be part of the greatly underestimated German influence on American English.

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