NYT Forgottenfreude

Very clever piece by Ben Schott in Sunday’s New York Times about “the German language’s ability to express the inexpressible” by jamming words together like aluminum-foil balls.

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Close up:

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But Schott missed one.

Namely, Schlimmbesserung.

New Scientist says ‘Schlimmbesserung’ is a German word for an
improvement that makes things worse.

That would be an example of the hardworking staff’s Fingerspitzentanz (Tiny triumphs of nimble-fingered dexterity).

Your Fingernageltafelquietschen (The visceral hatred of certain noises) goes here.

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5 Responses to NYT Forgottenfreude

  1. Curmudgeon says:

    German is just so wonderfully flexible–unpronounceable at times, but very flexible.

  2. Laurence Glavin says:

    If you haven’t ever read Mark Twain’s description of his attempt to master the German language, just Google “mark twain” and “the awful german language”.

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