Schottenfreude: German Words For The Human Condition by Ben SchottSchottenfreude: German Words For The Human Condition by Ben Schott

Schottenfreude: German Words For The Human Condition

byBen Schott

Hardcover | October 31, 2013

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Ever thought, There should be a German word for that? Well, thanks to the brilliantly original mind behind Schott’s Original Miscellany, now there is. Schottenfreude is a unique, must-have dictionary, complete with newly coined words that explore the idiosyncrasies of life as only the German language can. In what other language but German could you construct le mot juste for a secret love of bad foods, the inability to remember jokes, Sunday-afternoon depression, the urge to yawn, the glee of gossip, reassuring your hairdresser, delight at the changing of the seasons, the urge to hoard, or the ineffable pleasure of a cold pillow? A beguiling, ideal gift book for the Gelehrte or anyone on your list—just beware of rapidly expanding (and potentially incomprehensible) vocabularies.
Ben Schott is the creator and designer of the international bestseller Schott’s Original Miscellany and its three sequels. He also wrote the news annual Schott’s Almanac (2006–2011). Together his books have sold some 2.5 million copies, in twenty one languages (including Japanese and Braille). Schott is a contributing columnist to the ...
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Title:Schottenfreude: German Words For The Human ConditionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:96 pages, 9.8 × 4.8 × 0.6 inPublished:October 31, 2013Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:039916670X

ISBN - 13:9780399166709

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“Hugely inventive… Pleasantly pre-Web—a self-enclosed thing that rewards another, older kind of multitasking: reading, laughing, and learning.” – The New Yorker

“Perfectly tailored.” – The New Republic

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"[A] work of brilliance."--The Times (London)