12 December 2008


A Sense of Cycle Motion
Only the Germans can give us words like weltverbesserungswahn. We're better off for it.
It can be translated as 'the conviction that the world could be better'. Which is a fine description of why this blog exists.
Long John Felix
Better for everyone, especially rugrats like this.
Black and White Snow bike
We just have to stick to the path, despite the challenges.
Couple on Square
And looking good while doing it certainly a plus.


Raquel Gratis total said...

i dont understand this word, no idea about german language!

Zweiradler said...

Funny to see a German title on your blog. :) I love my language!

Alice Stribling said...

Beautiful as always!


Anneke said...

Just like to point out that 'wahn' (similar to Dutch 'waan') means something like delusion, so the delusion that the world could be a better place. Maybe not something to advocate? Maybe 'weltverbesserungssicherheit' is a better word? (is it even a word?)

Mikael said...

I read the word... and definition... in the William Boyd short story Beulah Berlin A-Z.

Ole Begemann said...

Anneke: re: Weltverbesserungssicherheit ... not a word. While Wahn can mean delusion, I think in this case the best translation would be obsession. It's not just the conviction that the world could be better; you have to be actively working on making the world better to be in the proper Weltverbesserungswahn. It's a great word.

Karl McCracken (twitter: @karlonsea) said...

I love German for words like this . . . though my ability to speak German is just soooo limited.

However, I do have a slightly different word to explain why Copenhagenize exists.

If we all spent less time driving, and more time riding about our daily business, perhaps we'll all end up riding economic miracle bikes:


amsterdamize said...

I'll add my 'Zwei Euro Centen':


Mädchen Magnet


Eleganz Anwender


amsterdamize said...

too funny. Enter 'Spaß' in Wikipedia, guess what kind of picture is on top?

Nuff said.

Brian Barnard said...

Enjoying the Friedrich Nietzsche reference in the poster in the background. "Friedrich never came to Sweden? He lived in Denmark" ... yes?

Mikael said...

that is funny, marc!
it's not Nietzsche... it's Caspar David Friedrich, the German artist.

Aparna said...

This is really good.
Thanks for this nice post.