Saturday, March 12, 2011

Funny Play on German

"Moreau would have been captured if Suvorov had had a free hand; but he had the Hofs-kriegs-wurst-schnapps-rath on his hands."

Footnote: "The old prince makes fun of the Austrian Court Council of War (Hofkriegsrath), and of the German language, by calling it the "Court-war-sausage-schnapps-council."

~ Prince Nikolái Andréevich Bolkónsky, War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy, translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky

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