Austrian dialects are infamously colourful and rich in variety. Now a very special slang dictionary has been released. Peter Ahorner’s controversial book features only swearwords. In his introduction, the author warns from being offended by some of the terms he chose for his collection. Such a book would not be possible without ignorant attitudes based on prejudices. In his introduction, Ahorner (“Mehr als gern. Worte der Liebe”) underlines the importance of voice, volume and facial expression when people are insulting each other. The legacy of “Handbuch der österreichischen Schimpfwörter”, which lists Austrian swearwords in alphabetical order from “Abzwickter” to “Zwirnscheißer”, should not be underestimated as younger generations are increasingly unaware of many old-fashioned dialect terms – including offensive expressions.
Handbuch der österreichischen Schimpfwörter
By Peter Ahorner
Published by Ueberreuter (www.ueberreuter.at)
Information, entertainment and substantial improvement remain essential for the Langenscheidt team as their language calendar edition turns 20. Launched as a low-key project in 1995, the prestigious publishing house’s calendar series has developed into one of its top products. Fabienne Schreitmüller has once more been in charge of the French edition. Once more, she presents a well-composed mixture of grammar exercises and facts regarding life in France. Recipes and different multiple choice tasks are also included. The “Langenscheidt Sprachkalender 2015 Französisch” offers the chance to improve one’s knowledge and skills by spending just five minutes each day – a success story set to continue!
Langenscheidt Sprachkalender 2015 Französisch
By Fabienne Schreitmüller
Published by Langenscheidt (www.langenscheidt.de)
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