The Dictionary of “There’s a German Word for It”
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The Dictionary of “There’s a German Word for It”

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Ah, Germans… So much rong and so much wright. Ben Schott wrote Schottenfreude: German Words for the Human Condition and it’s brilliant. I was sold on this word:

Schubladenbrief
The letter you write, but never send.
(desk-)drawer-letter

But there’s more, so much more. Each entry has 5 parts: an article about the word, the word itself, the transliteration, the English definition, the literal definition. Some of them are silly, some of them are bittersweet, like the example below and some of them are just straight up poetry. Like this one:

Herbstlaubtrittvergnügen
Kicking through piles of autumn leaves.
autumn-foliage-strike-fun

Serious business, son.

h/t  The New York Times

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