Friday, February 20, 2009

Defy(n)ing Terms

Zeitgeist (pronounced De-zeitgeist.ogg [ˈt͡saɪtgaɪst] is a German language expression literally translated: Zeit, time; Geist, spirit, meaning "the spiritsociety". The word zeitgeist describes the intellectual, cultural, ethical and political climate, ambience and morals of an era or also a trend. In German, the word has more layers of meaning than the English translation, including the fact that Zeitgeist can only be observed for past events.
If we get to some future point that allows the luxury of looking back, I feel certain the term will change to zeitscheiss.
UPDATE: to correct typos and layout yechh.

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