Title: Schottenfreude: German Words for the Human Condition
Author: SCHOTT BEN
Publication date: 23/10/2013
Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHERS
Publishing status: Active
Did you know that?Germans have a word for?the urge to test whether?paint marked ‘wet paint’?really is wet? Well, they?do (it’s vernissageversuchung).?This eccentric?volume lists German?words that explore the idiosyncrasies of?the human condition and supplies plenty of?laughs in the process. Of the 100-odd gems?Schott provides, our favourite examples?are saukopfsülzensehnsucht (a shameful?love of bad food), zwillingsmoral (reading?horoscopes you don’t believe in), schmutzwortsuche?(looking up rude words in the?dictionary) and hochkommakrankheit (a?banal obsession with or general confusion?about the deployment of apostrophes).