Schottenfreude: German Words for the Human Condition

 
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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?



For example:



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.



and



Kraftfahrzeugsinnenausstattungsneugeruchsgenuss - New car smell.

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Review:

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)

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