what have not realized is that in the code example above i pointed the template part to the content instead to the excerpt which is/was the default setting for the original theme.
i actually did go so far to create my own excerpt function in the functions.php before i realized it. there already is an excerpt function in WP so there is no need to create one unless you want to customize it.
i wanted the excerpts as short bits to articles in my news feed. instead of having readers scroll through lengthy articles, they can read the excerpts and if they see something they want to know more about they can open the article page.
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