DNS stands for two different things:

Domain Name System – not exactly German, but the abbreviation is used all the same.  The Domain Name System is effectively the address book of the internet.  It is the system that converts addresses such as www.germanwordsexplained.com into their equivalent IP addresses, eg.

Desoxyribonukleinsäure – known in English as DNA.  The English abbreviation is now more commonly used in German, especially in texts that have been translated.  The older form can often be heard in films that were dubbed in the 1980s or at the beginning of the 1990s.

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Graham Tappenden is a British ex-pat who first came to Germany as a placement student in 1993, returning in 1995 to live there permanently. He has been writing for AllThingsGerman.net since 2006. When not writing blog posts or freelancing for the Oberurseler Woche and other publications he works as a self-employed IT consultant solving computer problems and designing websites. In 2016 he gained German citizenship.


  1. […] Außerdem stürzt er oft nach der Anmeldung am T-Com Hotspot ab, oder “vergisst” bei manchen Routern seine DNS-Einstellungen. […]

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