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Aluhüte und Sheeple

You have the word Aluhut for aluminum foil hat. It's such a compact and convenient word, I've been trying to introduce it over here. But I also want to use the word for the people who wear the aluminum foil hats, not just the headwear. As in, "Die Aluhüte sind sehr an dem Unfall am Suezkanal interessiert." But does that work?

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I get the "German Word of the Day" email from Transparent Language.  This week, one of the sample sentences was: Sie können sich ruhig neben mich setzen.

Why is "ruhig" there?   

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Nachricht ueber den Nachrichter

I was reading a book on the history of criminal justice (translated from German) and an author mentioned the Nachrichter, literally "after-judge", as the translator said. The Nachrichter is the person who sees that the court's judgements are carried out.

And Nachricht is news.

Nachrichter -- Nachricht. That can't be coincidence! But I can't find an etymology that takes Nachricht back farther than Nachrichtung.

So Many Questions

Really, I've tried searching for information, but the results have not been very useful.

Is there a site or a book or perhaps one of you kind souls that can explain the use of "mal" to me? It seems to show up randomly, kind of like "doch," which also confuses me.

Also, in this sentence: "Er hasst es Zeitung zu lesen." Why is "es" there? I've run this through translation sites, just to see if "Er hasst Zeitung zu lesen." would work, but apparently the "es" is required.

Online courses are great, except they don't address grammar.

Apostrophe Use

I am at the beginner level, so this will need to be written in English.

I'm taking the Memrise online German course. The format being what it is, grammar and punctuation are not addressed. Since you get to both hear and read the lessons, I've found myself focused on the use of apostrophes.

For example: komm, ich zeig' dir die Stadt! let me show you the city!
Why is there an apostrophe after "zeig?" Why isn't this "zeige?"

Also seen in: los geht's! let's go!; here we go!

I asked Google for examples and nothing I found explained the rules in a way that made sense. I even hauled out a textbook that I used ca. '79 that should have addressed the apostrophe and its usage, but it didn't. Not even the fairly useful "German for Dummies" had any tips.

Können Sie mir helfen?
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Bookmarktest du die Seite?

Wie sagt man "I bookmarked the site"?

"Ich habe die Seite gebookmarkt."
"Ich habe die Seite mit einem Lesezeichen versehen."

Ich hätte gerne das erste geschrieben, aber es scheint nicht üblich. Das zweite ist ja wortreicher. Ich frage mich, ob all diese Wörter wirklich benötigt sind.

Übrigens, "Website" oder "Webseite"?
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Der Luftpirat ging verloren.

My order of Luftpirat novellas hasn't come. I assume that Herr Ehrig did everything right, and that they got lost in the mail. I would like to find a nice way to say that I'd like to figure out, or come to terms with, or settle that order, and then talk about the next one. I don't know that anything I come up with doesn't sound clumsy or rude.