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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 … Continue reading

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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. Close up: But Schott missed one. Namely, Schlimmbesserung. New Scientist says ‘Schlimmbesserung’ is … Continue reading

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That’s Just So Mean! (“Ecce Homo” Fresco Edition)

From our The Road to Hellish Art Is Paved with Good Intentions desk The Germans have a term – schlimmbesserung – which means “to make worse by supposedly improving.” Exhibit Umpteen, via yesterday’s New York Times: Despite Good Intentions, A … Continue reading

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