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?
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.
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 Miscellany, Food & Drink Miscellany, Sporting, 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.