Schottenfreude: German Words for the Human Condition

Schottenfreude: German Words for the Human Condition

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by Ben Schott
     
 

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Ever thought, There should be a German word for that? Well, thanks to the brilliantly original mind behind Schott’s Original Miscellany, now there is. Schottenfreude is a unique, must-have dictionary, complete with newly coined words that explore the idiosyncrasies of life as only the German language can. In what other language but German

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Ever thought, There should be a German word for that? Well, thanks to the brilliantly original mind behind Schott’s Original Miscellany, now there is. Schottenfreude is a unique, must-have dictionary, complete with newly coined words that explore the idiosyncrasies of life as only the German language can. In what other language but German could you construct le mot juste for a secret love of bad foods, the inability to remember jokes, Sunday-afternoon depression, the urge to yawn, the glee of gossip, reassuring your hairdresser, delight at the changing of the seasons, the urge to hoard, or the ineffable pleasure of a cold pillow? A beguiling, ideal gift book for the Gelehrte or anyone on your list—just beware of rapidly expanding (and potentially incomprehensible) vocabularies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399166709
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/31/2013
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
439,914
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 9.76(h) x 0.58(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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“Hugely inventive… Pleasantly pre-Web—a self-enclosed thing that rewards another, older kind of multitasking: reading, laughing, and learning.” – The New Yorker

“Perfectly tailored.” – The New Republic

“Elegant [and] illuminating."  – Wired  

“Genius.” – Real Simple

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