Sunday, 18 January 2009


A particularity of the German language is that many words are self-describing: they use Kühlschrank for fridge (lit. "cool cupboard", with the same translation on the Austrian version Eiskasten), or Ladegerät for charger (lit. "device to charge").

And sometimes, this self-describingness takes a lyrical level that I love. Today's word is one example: Wortschatz, meaning lexicon, vocabulary, literally translates to treasure of words.


And which better treasure could we think of than words?

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