Thursday, May 17, 2007

Well, It IS A Germanic Language

I always thought German was the language of having a word for complex emotional states (Schadenfreude, Weltschmerz, etc.), but their Dutch cousins are apparently not too bad at it either. In this article, we learn that the Dutch lexicon contains a word for the "feeling of let-down" that comes "from repeating pleasures so often that they stop being pleasurable": genotsbevrediging. Isn't that like the coolest word ever?!?! I want to learn Dutch, now.

(Via Books, Inq.)


Youssef said...

Euh according to my dictionary, genotsbevrediging means "to satisfy your needs/desire for pleasure"

Frank said...

Shush, Youssef! Don't go bringing reality and fact into my beautiful fantasy of the Dutch language!