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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray; 1st Edition edition (24 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848549105
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848549104
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 1.5 x 24.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Ever thought, 'There should be a German word for that'? Well, now there is.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mary V on 4 Dec. 2013
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This book is a delight of previously undiscovered treasures of the German language ! Many aspects of the Human Condition that I was unaware existed are described - for example, the German word for ' an irrational sensation of specialness on your birthday ' (or, as Schott puts it , a 'Bonus -Sausage- Day -Feeling ') . It would make a great Christmas present for those who speak both English and German , and who understand the German habit of combining words together .
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chalfont on 18 Dec. 2013
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The German words are terrific and something that's great for anybody to read, but even more impressive is Ben Schott's ability to come up with aspects of the 'human condition' that everyone will identify with even though they've never thought about them before. Eg. "taking pride in having a rare blood group". Great stuff!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Toxoscot on 14 Feb. 2014
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Ben Scott has produced a linguistic gem. An intriguing book exploring the amusing German "untranslatables" relating to the human condition. Who would have thought there where words for "Sunday-afternoon-depression, guest-pressure or the urge to glare at bad drivers you have overtaken. My favourite has to be "Kraftfahrzeugsinnenausstattungsneugeruchsgenuss" or new-car-smell.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Baybutt on 26 Mar. 2014
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What can I say about this book? It plays well to the German language's prediction for compound nouns and provides hours of fun for a browser. My daughter, who teaches German, has used it to provide a little light relief in her classroom and this has gone down very well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By proctoman on 23 Feb. 2014
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Good fun. Educational. Witty. Amusing. A wonderful way to spend a winter's evening with a glass of absinthe when the wife's deserted you. EinwunderbarerWegumeinemWinterabendmiteinemGlasAbsinthzuverbringenwenndieFrauSieverlassen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dylanfan on 1 May 2014
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A great book...lots of original (& some very funny) words, demonstrating the versatility of the German language. One for German-lovers everywhere!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Wellings on 23 April 2014
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Linguists and language lovers will absolutely adore this book. It's highly original, very funny and stylish-looking to boot. A great gift.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rosalind Minett on 19 Nov. 2013
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Attractively presented in non-standard size, hard-backed. It's small enough to sit on the coffee table to stimulate conersation with unexpected or unwanted guests. A lengthy German word for each condition/eccentricity - don't expect me to try to spell the burch+++ or shwaus---- here. I especially liked the word for someone who extols their description of wine but knows nothing about it. Wouldn't we like just one word for this? Then the word for knowing a descriptor but not being able to put your finger quite on the place in the book, that's fun. In fact, if you could learn these words by heart, they would serve as wonderful swearing epithets to non-German speakers, which after all is most of us. You brauchenswausenfuhrernswegger! Alternatively for those wearisome pedants who want to extol their expertise in conversation (are you one, you pain-in-the-ass?) this book provides tremendous up-your-nose fodder. As the family and friends expire, over-filled and -swilled after the Christmas dinner, you say 'Well of course, in Germany there's a word for that feeling - totally full, bloated, but sensing that just one more will fill you with Christmas job.

A great Christmas present for the right person. I'm sure there is a schbwfuhrtzzz++++++ word for this.

ps, Useless for Scrabble. Be warned.
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