This Is the Greatest German Word Ever

German words are a hoot. So many of them are like little balls of aluminum foil all jammed together.

But you can have your schadenfreude and your schlimmbesserung – we’ll take this beauty from Thursday’s Wall Street Journal A-Hed.

Here’s a Presidential Election That Actually Is Coming Unglued

Austria postpones vote over faulty envelopes; ‘half of Europe is laughing’

VIENNA—Austria’s politics are coming unstuck. Or more precisely, unglued.

hc-gu668_sobotk_g_20160913173018Special envelopes designed to hold mail-in ballots for the Oct. 2 runoff presidential election are rimmed with a glue that should seal them tight. But it is mysteriously malfunctioning, and that has provoked a crisis, which in the words of one TV anchor is leading to a “Bundespräsidentenwiederholungswahlverschiebung”—the postponement of the rerun of the presidential election.

Excellent! Bundespräsidentenwiederholungswahlverschiebung is now the hardwonking staff’s favorite word.

Yes yes, we know – Austria is not Germany. But check this out:

Newspapers have dubbed it Gluegate, the Glue Glitch and the Glue Crisis. For embarrassed Austrians, the one consolation is that the glue came from Germany.

Ha-ha!

P.S. The above is just one more example of why the Wall Street Journal is a great newspaper and entirely worthy of your desert island consideration.

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2 Responses to This Is the Greatest German Word Ever

  1. Curmudgeon says:

    Can you say that in one breath, John?

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