Humor of Favorite Word in German

Humor of Favorite Word in German by Mark Twain is adapted from his book A Tramp Abroad [1880]:

German is a harassing and infuriating study.

I heard lately of a worn and sorely tried American student who used to fly to a certain German word for relief when he could bear up under his aggravations no longer—

the only word whose sound was sweet and precious to his ear and healing to his lacerated spirit.

This was the (German) word DAMIT.

It was only the SOUND that helped him,

not the meaning; it merely means, in its general sense, "herewith."

and so, at last, when he learned that the emphasis was not on the first syllable,

his only stay and support was gone,

and he faded away and died.

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Humor of Favorite Phrase in German by Mark Twain.


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