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Old 03-06-2016, 09:36 PM   #1
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$1,500 for a 1980's PP?!

This is a very nice PP, and NIB is certainly few and far between in 2016, but still...

GERMAN WALTHER PP 9MM KURTZ/.380ACP NIB NO RESERVE : Semi Auto Pistols at GunBroker.com
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I saw that one on Gunbroker earlier...it is immaculate....
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This seller really has a huge collection for sale at Gunbroker and presents very nice photos of his guns. For some strange reason all his .380 ACP offerings say "9mm Kurtz" instead of "9mm kurz". On this forum too I notice the spelling "Kurtz" instead of "kurz" again and again. It makes me wonder if it's common in the US to spell "kurz" with a capital letter and the additional letter "t".

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Americans these days seldom know anything about the German language.

100 years ago it was a bit different. German was widely spoken in many parts of the US.

My hometown newspaper was published in both German and english editions until WWI broke out.
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.... For some strange reason all his .380 ACP offerings say "9mm Kurtz" instead of "9mm kurz". On this forum too I notice the spelling "Kurtz" instead of "kurz" again and again. It makes me wonder if it's common in the US to spell "kurz" with a capital letter and the additional letter "t".

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The "strange" reason is that years ago public schools quit teaching students how to spell English, let alone German.

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...It makes me wonder if it's common in the US to spell "kurz" with a capital letter and the additional letter "t"...
I think it gets confused with the surname. According to a web site: When the United States Census was taken in 2000, there were about 23,488 individuals with the last name "Kurtz".
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Hard to tell what drove the price, exactly. Might just be that someone with some spare cash wanted a nice example, or perhaps he wanted to upgrade his current example. Either way, it's a lot of money for an admittedly nice pistol.

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The "strange" reason is that years ago public schools quit teaching students how to spell English, let alone German.
As is witnessed daily on virtually every gun forum in operation, regardless of brand support ... although I like to think that Walther guys write and spell better than, say, the folks who like the G-word. But that's just me.
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As is witnessed daily on virtually every gun forum in operation, regardless of brand support ... although I like to think that Walther guys write and spell better than, say, the folks who like the G-word....
When I was graduated from a rural public high school in 1958, even students who got "C" in English were able to distinguish the proper meaning and usage of "to", "too" and "two". And of "its" and "it's" (and they also knew that there was no such contraction as "its' ").

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The one that gets me is "lose" and "loose". As far as German goes, do they even teach spelling in German schools? Unlike English pretty much every German word is spelt (or spelled) like it sounds.

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My favorite is when folks use 'mute' instead of 'moot' (e.g., "the point is mute").
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