from echt "real, true, pure, genuine, authentic,
natural": authentic, genuine, real, typical, the opposite of ersatz [High German echt < (Middle) Low
German echt "genuine, legal" < Middle Low German
ehacht, ehaft "legal" < Middle High German e
< Old High German ewa "law, marriage
(contract)"]. This entry suggested by Christiane
Leißner. See further example under Gasthaus.
"Take your pencil and begin marking individual lines or
passages which strike you as echt-Shakespearean." George Steiner,
"Seen the new Shakespeare yet?" review of King Edward III by William Shakespeare,
The Observer, May 10, 1998.
"In recipes that emphasize the realizable over the echt,
she combines components of popular cuisines of the past decade (Thai
green curry paste, Mexican ancho chile essence) and fashionable
cooking techniques, and gives them her own innovative twist (slow
roasting duck for five hours, tenderizing lamb roast with a paste of
crushed olives, garlic, lemon peel and herbs)." Corby Kummer,
"Cooking", review of A New Way to Cook by Sally Schneider, The
New York Times, Dec. 2, 2001.
"For the gourmet alone, there is tiramisu at the Burger
King in Kyoto, echt angel-hair pasta in Saigon and enchiladas on every
menu in Nepal." Pico Iyer, "The Global Village Finally
Arrives", Time, Dec. 2, 1993, p. 86.
"The final evening's final act echt-L.A. band the Red
Hot Chili Peppers, may have fanned the flames or perhaps just got
stuck with the check Durst left, but it was while they played that the
fires started, trucks toppled and bones broke." Rj Smith,
"Days of Rage", Los Angeles, Oct. 1999.
"In London, a city whose theater is not overly versed in
such things, the echt-Jewishness of the text -- with its references to
Kaddish and the mitzvah -- may set 'Howard Katz' apart." Matt
Wolf, "Howard Katz", Variety, Jun. 25, 2001.
"Charge a dozen linen handkerchiefs embroidered with
edelweiss to her father's account." Susanna Moore, In the Cut, 1999, p. 123.
"The women were freckled, hatted with alpines, in which
edelweiss -- artificial, I think -- flowered in abundance; they
sported severely plain flannel shirts, bloomers of an aggressive and
unnecessary cut, and enormous square boots weighing pounds."
Stewart Edward White, The Mountains, 1904, p. 200.
"'Wandering about gathering edelweiss, while he is alone
and wretched!'" Rebecca Harding Davis, Frances Waldeaux, 1897, p. 94.
"Edelweiss, Edelweiss, every morning you greet me, small
and white, clean and bright, you look happy to meet me.", Richard
Rogers & Oscar Hammerstein, Jr., "Edelweiss", film
music, The Sound of Music, starring Julie
from Ehrenbreitstein "Ehrenbert's or
Ehrenbrecht's rock or mountain": a fortress above the Rhine River
in Koblenz, Germany; figuratively something imposing or impenetrable,
like the Rock of Gibraltar [German Ehrenbert, Ehrenbrecht
"honor" + "bright" + Stein "stone,
rock"]. See also Frankenstein,
"Yes, for replenished with the meat and wine of the
word, to the faithful man of God, this pulpit, I see, is a
self-containing strongholda lofty Ehrenbreitstein, with a
perennial well of water within the walls." Herman Melville, Moby Dick, 1851, p. 55.
"'They need not be as ceremonious with strangers as the
Dutchmen are at Ehrenbreitstein and Verona.'" Theodore Winthrop,
John Brent, 1864, p. 82.
"On some great point where Honor takes her
stand,/The Ehrenbreitstein of our native land,/See, in the
front, to strike for Freedom's cause,/The mailed Defender of her
rights and laws!" James Thomas Fields, Poems, 1849, p. 20.
32. is a rude sketch of the arrangement of the whole subject; the old
bridge over the Moselle at Coblentz, the town of Coblentz on the
right, Ehrenbreitstein on the left." John Ruskin, The Elements of Drawing, 1876, p. 172.
"The post-chaise was now at the door, and Flemming was
soon on the road to Coblentz, a city which stands upon the Rhine, at
the mouth of the Mosel, opposite Ehrenbreitstein." Henry
Wadsworth Longfellow, Hyperion.
from eigen, eigen- "own": proper,
characteristic; used in technical terms in physics and mathematics, for
example in eigenfrequency, eigenvector, eigenvalue,
eigenfunction, eigenspace, eigenstate. See further example under ansatz.
"Then the system uses the database to create 73 ghostly,
digital doppelgängers called
eigenfaces, like the one above." David Shenk, "Watching You:
The World of High-tech Surveillance", National Geographic, Nov. 2003, p. 18.
"That was usually the way in Hollywood, and the formula
tended to be even more rigid, in the case of software agentseigenheads,
their features algorithmically derived from some human mean of proven
popularity." William Gibson, Idoru, 1997, p. 229.
from Entenmann "duck man": a brand of
bakery products, named for William Entenmann who immigrated from
Germany to the US in 1898 [< German Ente "duck" +
"For example, when Dr. Ira urges Ms. Lavin's despondent
Marjorie Taub, 'You need food, real food .... I'm cutting you off a
square of this Entenmann's,' the piece of cake that Mr. Roberts offers
is, at present, a slice of store-purchased Entenmann's All-Butter
Loaf." Amy Berkowitz, "Tale of Allergist's Entenmann's:
Lavin Flips for All-Butter Loaf", The New York Observer, Feb. 19, 2001.
"development novel": a Bildungsroman, class of
novel in German literature that deals with the formative years of an
"Verteidigung der Kindheit offered a fascinating
Entwicklungsroman reminiscent of the Parsifal theme; now instead we
discover a medium-high-level state-government official from Wiesbaden
(Hessen's capital) named Stefan Fink, a man in his late fifties at the
novel's outset whose six-year legal battle against his own bosses in
order to clear his name and find due justice is recounted in gruesome
detail." Erich Wolfgang Skwara, "World Literature in Review: German", World
Literature Today, Jan. 1, 1997.
from Erlkönig, Erlenkönig "alder
king": an evil spirit in Germanic folklore, which is malicious
especially toward children [German Erle "alder
(tree)" + König "king", Herder's
mistranslation of Danish ellerkonge, elverkonge "king of
"Opposite my writing-table hangs a quaint German
picture, illustrating Goethe's ballad of the Erlking, in which the
whole wild pathos of the story is compressed into one supreme moment;
we see the fearful, half-gliding rush of the Erlking, his long,
spectral arms outstretched to grasp the child, the frantic gallop of
the horse, the alarmed father clasping his darling to his bosom in
convulsive embrace, the siren-like elves hovering overhead, to lure
the little soul with their weird harps." John Fiske, Myths and Myth-Makers: Old Tales and
Superstitions Interpreted by Comparative Mythology, 1872, p. 31.
"I might indeed say the Phuca is a Celtic superstition,
from which the word Pook or Puckle was doubtless derived; and I might
conjecture that the man-in-the-oak was the same with the Erl-König of
the Germans; and that the hellwain were a kind of wandering spirits,
the descendants of a champion named Hellequin, who are introduced into
the romance of Richard sans Peur." Sir Walter Scott, Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft, 1885, p.
from Ersatz, Ersatz- "substitute":
imitation or substitute, usually inferior; artificial; opposite of echt. In English ersatz connotes
"artificial, inferior or fake", which it does not in German,
e.g. Ersatzreifen ("spare tire"), Ersatzteile
("spare parts"). See also ArtLex.
"The ersatz recovery room reminded her of the archaic
operating theater where she'd had her procedure, and the thought gave
her a shudder." Robin Cook, Shock, 2001, p. 61.
"Months after we reached our mercenary
agreementand the honeymoon check clearedmy ersatz intended
and I actually started hanging out." Jerry Stahl, Permanent Midnight: A Memoir, 1998.
"The ersatz they served in Berlin/Made a once-buxom lady
so thin/That when she essayed/To drink lemonade/She slipped through
the straw and fell in." Bennet Cerf, Ed., Laughing Stock,
1945, p. 195.
"As in any real launch, this ersatz one was being
monitored at both the Cape and at the Manned Spacecraft Center in
Houston." Jim Lovell & Jeffrey Kluger, Apollo 13, 1995, p. 15.
"I don't want any
ersatz soldiers, dragging their tails and ducking out when the party
gets rough." Robert A. Heinlein, Starship Troopers, 1959, p. 109.