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November 27th, 2011, 13:13
Austria has a distinct kind of humour … at least according to the cliché. After Vienna = Wien, it's called the "Wiener Schmäh". I find it very difficult to translate this word, especially, since I'm not an Austrian myself, but as far as I understopod it, it's a humour with a strong tendency to dark or even black humour, it's like a spoiled humour, spoiled by irony and cynism, which comes so sweetly that it tastes like a "sweet bitterness" like in black chocolate the one with the highest percentages of cacao/cocoa in it). Yes, I think the term "sweet bitterness" describes it quite good - as far as I have understood it.
Here is an English-language discussion aroundthe term of "Schmäh" :
German-language Wikipedia article (no translation available, sorry) :
In one discussion at dict.leo.org one help the opinion that "bullshitting"
is a congenial thing, only that this is much more rough and grossly (?) than the Schmäh, which is often very fine in manners and very polite.
The "Wiener Schmäh" is also seen as a kind of mild trickery, I read, with no real damage or only a small damage (as far as I can see it) for the tricked person.
After reading through Wikipedia I find that a jester would rather use the Schmäh, I think.
The English-language Wikipedia article about the word "bullshit" links to the German-language wikipedia article about the word "Unsinn", which is not correct at all. It's outright wrong.
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