Word of the Day

sprachgefühl noun1 : the character of a language 2 : an intuitive sense of what is linguisticallyappropriate 

One review of the book praised the author‘s sprachgefühl and her gracefulliterary style

Robert Dankoff patiently taught me Ottoman Turkishattempting to instillin me Sprachgefühl, and carefullycorrected every inaccuratetransliteration and translation that I insisted he read.” — Marc DavidBaerHonored by the Glory of Islam2008

Did you know?
Sprachgefühl was borrowed intoEnglish from German at the end of the 19th century and combines two German nounsSprachemeaninglanguagespeech,” and Gefühlmeaning “feeling.” (Nouns are capitalized in German, and you’ll occasionally see sprachgefühlcapitalized in English too, as in our second example.) We’re quite certainthat the quality of sprachgefühl is common among our readers, but the word itself is raremaking onlyoccasional appearances in our language.


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