A discussion has always divided darts fans in Germany. So is it called darts or darts? We'll try to get to the bottom of this question in more detail in our blog post in order to shed some light on it for you.
Ultimately, we can already anticipate that there is no absolutely right or absolutely wrong here. Ultimately it also depends on each dart player's interpretation .
Please give us feedback on how you handle the pronunciation. Darts or darts? We are looking forward to your feedback.
Plural and singular – when does the “s” come after the word dart
In some formulations, however, it is grammatically quite clear when the “s” after the word dart is used, at least in German, and when it should not be used.
We'll try to explain this to you using a few examples. If you talk about darts as a gaming device in the plural , then it is completely okay if the “s” is added .
When you take a good shot, you logically say that it was good darts and not good darts. Here the sound of the pronunciation alone is enough to avoid going astray.
It can therefore be said that the issue of playground equipment can be handled as follows:
- You threw a good dart (if only one dart was good)
- You threw good darts (if all three arrows hit their target )
But just explaining the play equipment isn't enough. The discussion goes much deeper.
Fun fact: To put the whole thing in perspective, you could also say: I throw a dart or several darts - simply translated into a different way of saying it.
The pronunciation of the sport itself: darts or darts?
Now this is where things get very interesting. Darts or darts? Opinions differ. Let's try to explain our point of view. As a game itself, it is normally called “darts” .
Since hardly anyone speaks colloquially like this, it is not wrong to move away from this formulation. So I'm going to play a game of darts and not a game of darts.
The reason: Darts with an “s” is only used when it is called “das Darts”, i.e. the terminology of the sport is generalized. We admit: We also had to think about it for a moment. Ultimately it should be understandable.
However, due to the generalization, the Duden refers to “darts”. Logically, this is by no means wrong.
However, certain terms make more sense without the “s”.
In the end, however, opinions differ on many terms. It is frowned upon by many players to use the “s” after everything and any term relating to darts. A few examples to make this clear to you.