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Spiegel, 28 March 2012 [zwf12],
Bastian Sick aka Der Zwiebelfisch,
explains the difference between the two words used in German for a
flag, "Fahne" and
"Flagge". In brief, the two words,
originally designing two kinds of flags, are now synonyms.
Originally, a Fahne was used on land while a Flagge was used
at sea. The very same difference exists in French between a
drapeau and a
Album des Pavillons
is the exact counterpart of
the two books dealing with flags at sea.
Unsurprisingly, only the word "Fahne" is used in Switzerland.
Ivan Sache, 11 Apr 2012
Little paper flags, which are used for waving in the hand are called
sometimes (with a little blink by the eyes) "Winkelement"
("element for waving"). Otherwise, little flags are
"Fähnchen" in German.
If I am remembering right, this word was invented in
Željko Heimer, 16 Aug 2007
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