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Schottenfreude — A recommended stocking stuffer

The miscellaneously fecund Ben Schott (creator of Schott’s Miscellany) has dived into the German language and come out the other end with Schottenfreude : German Words for the Human Condition.  Making use of the German language’s compounding capacity, Schott confects a word both for a letter you write but never send (Schubladenbrief) as well as one for pretending you haven’t been accidentally spat on in conversation (Speichelgleichmut) and many other regrets, odd moments and fleeting experiences.  Schott catalogs them in an oblong treasury along with illuminating historical and literary examples of the experiences described.  Great fun for word lovers, trivia fans, and casual observers of the human condition. ($16)

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