German

Word of Mouth
10:37 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Schadenfreude! Zeitgeist! German Words That Capture The Indescribable

Zach is feeling the Zeitgeist...or something.
Credit Rebecca Lavoie for NHPR

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.' 

Author Ben Schott’s Miscellanies  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 Schottenfreude: German Words for the Human Condition.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
10:49 am
Thu April 5, 2012

The Easter Weasel

Photo by jennyjones, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

 

Before we go today, we wanted to leave listeners with a little taste of Easter magic to come.  Last month, we spoke with Erika Eichenseer, she’s the cultural curator of Prinz Rosszwifl, a recently published personal collection of five-hundred lost fables and fairy-tales discovered in a German archive.  Most of us are well acquainted with the tradition of the Easter Bunny, Erika regaled with the tale of supernatural animal we don’t usually associate with the April holiday - we’re calling it “The Legend of the Easter Weasel”.

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