Ever thought, 'There should be a German word for that'? Well, now there is. From the mind that created Schott's Original Miscellany comes a unique volume exploring the idiosyncrasies of the human condition . . . auf Deutsch.
In which language but German could you construct le mot juste for: a shameful love of bad foods, Sunday-afternoon depression, the lingering sensation of a first kiss, delight at the changing of the seasons, the urge to hoard, the joy of the perfectly wrapped present, or the ineffable pleasure of a cool pillow?
Haarmonie - Reassuring your hairdresser.
Fussfaust - Instinctively curling up your toes in mortification at someone else's embarrassment.
Zwillingsmoral - Reading horoscopes you don't believe in.
Gastdruck - The exhausting effort of being a good houseguest.
Kraftfahrzeugsinnenausstattungsneugeruchsgenuss - New car smell.
Ben Schott is a phenomenon. His books -- Schott's Original Miscellany, Food & Drink Miscellany, Sporting, Gaming & Idling Miscellany and Schott's Almanac -- have together sold 2.5 million copies in 21 languages. Ben is a regular contributor to The Times and the New York Times. He divides his time between London and New York.