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2.0 out of 5 stars It's all a lie!, 6 Feb. 2014
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This review is from: Schottenfreude: German Words for the Human Condition (Hardcover)
Sorry to rain on the other viewers' parade! As a German I thought this would be an amusing gift for my (Scottish) husband for Christmas. Imagine my disappointment when I discovered that the majority of the words in the book are entirely made up and are not actually used in Germany. Just because you can string German words together and they then make sense, doesn't mean they are 'actual' words of the German language. I mean, I get it, it's funny - but there is some serious misrepresentation going on here Ben Schott!
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Initial post: 7 Feb 2014 10:33:41 GMT
A Sweeney says:
Not what I wanted to hear but definitely very helpful. Thank you!

Posted on 23 Feb 2014 21:16:46 GMT
Well, actually it says in the blurb .... "complete with newly coined words that explore the idiosyncrasies of life.."

Why on earth would you think they were real words?

Posted on 30 Mar 2014 09:03:24 BDT
Torchuil says:
I think P Gradus has somewhat missed the point and has (perhaps typically for a German) taken the book too literally. It's not a dictionary. It's supposed to be amusing. As D V Glasgow (below) so correctly says : "complete with newly coined words that explore the idiosyncrasies of life.."
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