The Anonymous Widower

The Most Beautiful Word In The German Language

according to The Times

Vergangenheitbewältigung

has recently been voted the most beautiful word in the German language. According to this article in Wikipedia, it can be described as the struggle to come to terms with the past.

I read about this word in The Times, where Ben Macintyre is describing how the Germans will be publishing a new copy of Mein Kampf soon. It will be copiously annotated with footnotes to show where Adolf Hitler was just plain wrong.

Macintyre says that Germany has shown a way of defusing long standing problems, by letting historians tell the truth and suggests the approach could solve some of the major problems in the world, like the true nature of Stalin, the Falklands, Nagorno-Karabakh and the Senkaku Islands.

After all, when I learned Shakespeare at school, there were masses of footnotes and other annotations, which helped you understand the text and the age he lived in.

September 7, 2012 - Posted by | News | ,

2 Comments »

  1. Does this word replace . . . Schnisen-tight {a German Virgin}

    Comment by Steam Lover | September 7, 2012 | Reply

    • Only an Aussie would know that!

      Comment by AnonW | September 8, 2012 | Reply


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