Schottenfreude: German Words for the Human Condition

Schottenfreude: German Words for the Human Condition

Ben Schott / Jun 20, 2019

Schottenfreude German Words for the Human Condition 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 c

  • Title: Schottenfreude: German Words for the Human Condition
  • Author: Ben Schott
  • ISBN: 9780399166709
  • Page: 234
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 fEver 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.

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    1. This book is brilliant. Each entry has 5 parts: an article about the word, the word itself, the transliteration, the English definition, the literal definition. Let me tell you, often times the literal definition is simply poetry. Is there a German word for "the completed feeling of an entire story from a short phrase"?Many entries in here fall into "why is there not a word for that in English" or "holy crap, there's a word for that specific concept?!" But sprinkled throughout are words that are [...]


    2. I'd give five for the concept. I'd give five for the execution of the text. There's something wonderful about discovering that there really are those fabulous words in German that describe a myriad of emotions. My whole world has been better knowing that there is a word for that sense of malaise when it hits you late on Sunday that the weekend is nearly over and that you'll have to resume the weekly grind: Sonntagsleerung.Why the one star? Whoever decided on the format of this book should be sho [...]



    3. I love words and I love things German, so was really pleased to get this last Christmas. Had a lot of fun reading it, though I felt a tad embarrassed that it took me a few conversations with German friends before I twigged they were made up words! Hahahahaha! Think my favourite is the first one - Herbstlaubtrittvergnugen - as this has always been a particular joy of mine, from age 2 to today!!


    4. Where Conlanging Meets Precision German EngineeringHere is a rare combination: a book that appeals to word lovers and language freaks, to book design geeks and typography nerds, and to trivia buffs and other assorted aficionados of miscellanea.The book itself is wonderful as a purely physical artifact. The wide landscape format is unusual, but unlike other books where the format can be annoying, here it works well with the content—facing pages of pseudo-German words across from what amounts to [...]


    5. A portmanteau (besides being a large suitcase) is a word that is created by combining or mashing together 2 or more words. Words like chortle, affluenza and bootylicious are all examples of words that are portmanteaus. The book Schottenfreude by Ben Schott takes a series of difficult to explain occurrences (like new car smell or kicking through autumn leaves) and shows how one word in German can be used to precisely explain the situation (in this case Kraftfahrzeugsinnenausstattungsneugeruchsgen [...]


    6. Having long harbored the urge to learn German, this book was a natural choice for this "fraulein." Book is very well written and would be a delight to anyone obsessed with language, especially German. The whole premise is that Germans seems to have a word for everything. New car smell - three words in English - boils down to this outrageously long word: Kraftfahrzeugsinnenausstattungsneugeruchsgenuss. And consider these others: Fussfaust - Instinctively curling up your toes in mortification at s [...]


    7. German words invented by the author, Ben Schott. For those that love German words and English definitions. An example: SPIEGELBILDAUFLOSUNG (reflection + disintegration)= Staring into a mirror until you begin not to recognize your own face.




    8. In this book, Schott takes the "sniglets" idea of the 1980s a step further and invents words in German, a language whose structure lends itself more easily to the task. Usually a German-speaking listener or reader will recognize the meaning of a traditionally formed German neologism at once, though I must confess that I rarely did in this case. Whether the shortcoming was Schott's or mine is a moot question. Schottenfreude is an entertaining read, despite ridiculously small font sizes and occasi [...]


    9. Disclaimer: I received this book as a giveaway on the premise that I would review it.The German language is well known for its ability to agglutinate words together to create new words, such as zeitgeist, “the spirit of the times.” Mr. Schott has done this to create 120 new words to describe sensations or activities that don’t already have German words. For example, “LIppenhaftung”, the lingering sensation of a first kiss.The word are nicely laid out in old-style German lettering on w [...]


    10. This is an incredible book. The amount of research behind each term is exceptional. And the ideas they express are indeed, in my opinion, really relevant to the human condition, as expressed in the back cover.I agree with reviews that complain about the German font. It was a bit difficult to understand at first, but even the use of that font is not random. It closely resembles fonts used in the 19th century, such as those in Schumann's music magazine. After some time, I got used to them. I could [...]


    11. After reading Ben Schott’s hilarious Schottenfreude, I started to wonder if there’s a German word for discovering that there’s a word for one of your own weird little pleasures, mental tics, and irritations. If not, someone needs to coin one immediately, if not sooner. Years ago, my friend Deb gave me a copy of Ben Schott’s Schott’s Original Miscellany, which I still have because it’s a damned useful and interesting little book. I suspect that Schottenfreude's going to end up on the [...]


    12. Ben Schott conceived of this book of German "portmanteau" words, compound multi syllabic behemoths in German, which incorporate all the meanings of complex emotions, like the actual German word "schadenfreude", happiness at another's misfortune. Although not actual words, these have been crafted by a German linguist, Dr. Oscar Bandtlow, and do the heavy lifting that is required by a whole sentence in English. They should exist. My favorite:Unerraschingspartyuberraschungsheuchelei means "feigning [...]


    13. I just received this book today and am already in love with it. With every new page, I discover a word that perfectly pinpoints a very specific sensation that one often finds hard to put into words (such as: Fingernageltafelquietsrhen--the visceral hatred of certain noises). Over and over again I thought "YES!! Finally a word to describe this!" Needless to say, my vocabulary is about to contain many more German words. Like others have said, however, the biggest problem with the book is the forma [...]


    14. An okay read that would’ve been so much better if the book hadn’t been printed in ye olde German text and if the references/notes pages facing the German words weren’t printed so damn small! This is basically a small coffee-table book designed to entertain and not much more, altho there are some great words listed here:Kraftfahrzeugsinnenausstattungsneugeruchsgenuss: New car smellDornhöschenshlaf: Feigning sleep to avoid unwanted sexScheidungskreidekreisprobe: Distribution of friends afte [...]


    15. I won this book from a firstreads giveaway.I already speak a little German, which made this book funnier to me than I think it would be to others, but I can't be sure. What really makes it pop is the huge amount of research that has gone into these made-up words' meanings. Mr. Schott has created some amazing compound words that really only work in German, but convey the ideas that I have personally pondered so many times. I think that it is very well-written, well-researched, and well-translate [...]


    16. Some of my favorites Three of 'em already happened today.*Brillenbrillanz: The sudden, innervating clarity afforded by new glasses.Ludwigssyndrom: Discovering an indecipherable note in your own handwriting.*Deppenfahrerbeäugung: The urge to turn and glare at a bad driver you've just overtaken.*Frühlichkeit: Feeling uniquely special at being up and about while others are still abed.


    17. Though no fan of things German, I love the language's ability to combine ideas, seemingly ad infinitum, to create words. The text design, with interesting and often erudite explanations, also includes short definitions and pronunciations of the German word. My only question is why there is no alphabetical index of the terms or explanation of the order of terms presented since they are not organized alphabetically or by subject. A better "coffee table."


    18. It was quite enjoyable although Sara's German would've been much better but I read it to her. Also, much of the typography is almost too small to read, and the smallest bits have the most characters by being the 8-or-so different kinds of notes symbols and text. Marked down a star for being harmful (and painful) to my middle-aged eyes.Good eyes, lots of lights; you may find it humorous.


    19. The first German word I learned was "feurzeug" ("fire" + "thing"). Keeping in this vein, Scottenfreude combines real German words to artfully create a dictionary of heretofore inexpressable feelings and experiences in English. The perfect gift for language lovers, trivia buffs, design nerds, and even Deutschsprachiger.


    20. A brainiac type book with an interesting take on made up words. My German Couchsurfers thought it was absolutely hilarious. I thought the layout was a little odd but it was readable and I enjoyed the historical notes for every made up word. It will join my other "grammar" books on a Keeper Shelf.


    21. I won this book in a First Reads giveaway.This was a very interesting and fun German to English dictionary of sorts. Each word also has an accompanying footnote which are often interesting as well.


    22. Everyone should buy a copy, and we should conspire to get some of these words into common use. Once I figure out how to pronounce them without laughing.







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