Posted by Miri Barak on June 16, 2003
In Reply to: Schwärmerei posted by Miri Barak on June 16, 2003
: : : : : I would like to know about this word. origin, usage, connotation, and is there a reason to use it in capital letters in the sentece:
: : : : : "These two films together with the von Daniken Schwarmerei, may be regarded as the defining syndrome of a certain complex of obesessions very much at large in our time."
: : : : : I understand the meaning of it as overemotional, but could it be a name of one of his works? or just a title to his book-movie "Chariot of the gods) to which he relates before.
: : : : : Thank you very much
: : : : This word was new to me. Apparently it means overemotionalITY, and it's capitalized because it's a German noun.
: : : Thank you Berg. by the time being I made a research myself.
the original word came from Luther and that's how he called his
opponents in the church, he meant "enthusiasts" but it also carried
a meaning of fanatism. this word got into english and it means sometimes
as you mentioned overemotinal, and sometimes - fanatical enthusiasm,
or political enthusiasm, I found it in many connections.
: : : Thank you
: : : miri
: : The German verb schwärmen (pronounced sh-ver-mun because of the umlaut over the a) means two things, namely to swarm and to enthuse - one can easily see the relation between the two meanings. Many abstract nouns in German are formed by adding an -erei to the verbal root, so to be totally correct, the noun would read Schwärmerei.
: thank you TheFaleen, you are precise and knowledgeable as usual.