Does anybody do portmanteaus quite like the Germans? If schadenfreude got too mainstream for you, check out Schottenfreude: German Words for the Human Condition ($10), Ben Schott's collection of German words that ought to exist to help illustrate specific instances succinctly - or in the case of wintersturmwonnemondwende (the joy of the changing seasons), not so succinctly. You'll wish you had buzzwords like gastdruck (the exhausting effort of being a good houseguest) and plauschplage (the pressure to make small talk) up your sleeve this holiday season.
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