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Tuesday, April 15, 2008


Gail F

Now that's one awards banquet I wish I could have attended! Congratulations to BOTH.


The future of the Republic is infinitely less dire as a consequence of the labors of both men.

May the seeds they have planted bear the fruit so sorely needed to nourish our emaciated body politic.



Congratulations to the gentlemen concerned, of course, but this:

>> Dr. McInerny teased his listeners with the German meaning of the word "schall" which is "curious," and, "one who wonders." <<

is simply false for (modern, high) German. "Schall" means something like "sound" or "acoustic noise" in German, and its most common metaphoric use "Schall und Rauch" (literally "sound and smoke") is far from complimentary (meaning roughly the same as "much ado about nothing").

"curious" in the sense of "wanting to know" would be "neugierig", and "one who wonders" is perhaps "der Verwunderte" or "der Nachdenkende" or whatever.

I hope this is merely bad reporting?

mj anderson

yes, it is, ah, incomplete fact, Dr. McInerny ALSO mentioned that the word "Schall" meant "sound". The Notre Dame professor then mentioned that "sound" meant (in English) "the object of hearing or sane, balanced, reasoned."

He then used the "balanced" meaning in this sentence, "Jeeves to Bertie Wooster: You would not like Nietzsche, he is fundamentally unsound."

Next Dr. McInerny said that Fr. Schall "...has moved verb-like through a long sentence."

I myself do not know German, and cannot clarify further if the "Curious" meaning is early German and not modern, or what the source for the alternate meaning may be.

Keep the faith,
MJ Anderson

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