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Ever thought, 'There should be a German word for that'? Well, now there is. From the mind that created Schott's Original Miscellany comes a unique volume exploring the idiosyncrasies of the human condition . . . auf Deutsch.
In which language but German could you construct le mot juste for: a shameful love of bad foods, Sunday-afternoon depression, the lingering sensation of a first kiss, delight at the changing of the seasons, the urge to hoard, or the ineffable pleasure of a cool pillow?
Haarmonie - Reassuring your hairdresser.
Fußfaust - Instinctively curling up your toes in mortification at someone else's embarrassment.
Zwillingsmoral - Reading horoscopes you don't believe in.
Gastdruck - The exhausting effort of being a good houseguest.
Kraftfahrzeugsinnenausstattungsneugeruchsgenuss - New car smell.
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A homage to German's capacity for word-confection . . . it bring[s] the peculiar delight of German to its author's numerous fans ( The Spectator)
Schott of Miscellany fame is back with an inspired linguistic compilation in which he explores the idiosyncracies of the human condition . . . in German ( Bookseller)
Ben Schott, the undisputed King of Christmas books, returns . . . Like Douglas Adam's classic The Meaning of Liff, this excellent stocking filler allows your friends and family to succinctly express their shameful love of bad foods, Sunday-afternoon depression or delight at the changing of the seasons ( Mumsnet)
Ben Schott presents a miniature delight ( Metro)
Ben Schott's lexicon of Teutonic definitions is a work of brilliance . . . it is the best fun ( The Times)
Ever thought, 'There should be a German word for that'? Well, now there is.
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