Schottenfreude: German Words for the Human Condition by Ben Schott

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Schottenfreude: German Words for the Human Condition by Ben Schott

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, the joy of the perfectly wrapped (Christmas) present, 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.

Schottenfreude: German Words for the Human Condition - Reviews

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)

Schottenfreude: German Words for the Human Condition - About the Author

Ben Schott is a phenomenon. His books -- Schott's Original MiscellanyFood & Drink MiscellanySporting, Gaming & Idling Miscellany and Schott's Almanac -- have together sold 2.5 million copies in 21 languages. Ben is a regular contributor to The Times and the New York Times. He divides his time between London and New York.

  • Language

    German

  • Book Binding

    Hardback

  • Book Dimensions

    24.4 x 11.8 x 1.4 cm

  • Book Format

    Unabridged

  • Book Genre

    Reference

  • Book ISBN

    9781848549104

  • Book Page Count

    96

  • Book Publication Date

    24 Oct 2013

  • Book Publisher

    John Murray

  • Catalogue Ref

    JMurray

  • Product Supplier

    Hodder

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