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Schottenfreude: German Words for the Human Condition (Hardback)
  • Schottenfreude: German Words for the Human Condition (Hardback)

Schottenfreude: German Words for the Human Condition (Hardback)

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Hardback 96 Pages / Published: 24/10/2013
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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, the joy of the perfectly wrapped 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.


Kraftfahrzeugsinnenausstattungsneugeruchsgenuss - New car smell.

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
ISBN: 9781848549104
Number of pages: 96
Weight: 298 g
Dimensions: 249 x 124 x 15 mm

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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“If only there was a word...”

This delightful little book is the perfect gift for any of us who are keen linguists, Germanophiles or, indeed, just forever searching for that perfect (if implausibly constructed) word to describe the sound of... More

Hardback edition
5th November 2013
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I confess to reading dictionaries for fun so this kind of book is heaven to me. With echoes of Douglas Adams' 'Meaning Of Liff', this funny, beautiful book comes complete with fascinating and curious... More

Hardback edition
13th October 2013
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