German http://nhpr.org en Schadenfreude! Zeitgeist! German Words That Capture The Indescribable http://nhpr.org/post/schadenfreude-zeitgeist-german-words-capture-indescribable <p>In German, there's an expression for kicking through piles of leaves, and for the conviction that all large houses must have secret passages. In other words, Germans have expressions for things we don't, and they're pretty great. Just think about the ones we've adopted without thought, like 'Wanderlust.'&nbsp;</p><p>Author<b> </b><strong>Ben Schott’s&nbsp;</strong><em>Miscellanies </em>&nbsp;and annual almanacs have sold millions and been translated into more than a dozen languages. Now, he’s completed a compendium of compounds to describe the inexpressible. It’s called <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/10/12/opinion/international/20131011_Schott.html">S<em>chottenfreude</em><em>:</em>&nbsp;G<em>erman Words for the Human Condition.</em></a></p><p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 15:37:36 +0000 Virginia Prescott 38051 at http://nhpr.org Schadenfreude! Zeitgeist! German Words That Capture The Indescribable The Easter Weasel http://nhpr.org/post/easter-weasel <p>In light of the cache of fairy tales discovered in a German archive last month and the approaching Easter holiday, we will now regale you with one of those tales, The Legend of the Easter Weasel.</p> Thu, 05 Apr 2012 14:49:18 +0000 Virginia Prescott 2970 at http://nhpr.org The Easter Weasel