Laptop, der

A German synonym for das Notebook. The forum suggests that der Klapprechner is still too slangy, though Hermann Schreiber (Hamburger Abendblatt 2007-09-24) recommends the latter for standard German. Bastian Sick of Zwiebelfisch has jokingly suggested Klapprechner was the best word to avoid a grammatical pitfall with Laptop: the possibility that it might be das Laptop. Der Laptop is slightly changed in pronunciation, since our dipthong -a- is unknown in German, and the stress in der Laptop shifts ever so slightly to the first syllable. Capitalized and gendered masculine, the German word matches its English source semantically.

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