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Sunday, March 09, 2008

Apt thought well expressed for today

German has the useful word Tantenverführer: “a young man of excessively good manners you suspect of devious motives (literally, an aunt seducer).” Obama’s determination to “change something” has seduced Europe, although like everyone else Europeans aren’t sure what he wants to change. Instead, of hard thought about the future, there’s a tingling glowing feeling that under the leadership of a black politician — and isn’t it wonderful he’s black? — everything beastly about Bush’s America will go, and the United States will turn into an eco-friendly, peace-loving nation, respectful of the views of foreign countries which won’t risk their troops in the war against the Taliban or say a harsh word about Vladimir Putin.

Via Instapundit, who links to Nick Cohen's article "Why Brits Don't Swoon Over Obama" at Pajamas Media.

Just love it: Tantenverführer = Obama. Must tickle some vestigial German funnybone in me.


  • At Friday, October 10, 2008 9:12:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Actually German has no such word as "Tantenverfuehrer" - just drivel invented for a rubbish book by a journalist pretending to be a linguist. So your analogy with Obama falls at the first hurdle.


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