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Pascal A. Kramm wrote:

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>>I wouldn't be in the least surprised if you still
>>stuck to your original claim that your impression of
>>standard german is the Mass aller Dinge, but I
>>stopped caring a while ago.  This off-topic thread
>>has lived long enough.
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>Actually, it's the *Maß* aller Dinge. Even with the insane spelling reform,
>you still *must* put a "ß" after a long vowel! Otherwise, "Maße"
>(measurements) and "Masse" (mass) would become indistinguishable.
>However, as I've seen most people get that wrong (among other things), so if
>anything, the spelling reform makes spelling just more difficult rather than
>the opposite.
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But he's Swiss.  So <ss> is quite proper.