Word Nerds 2.12

Word: reverie

Source: Look Who’s Back, Timur Vermes, page 25

Context: “Although I had never been one for hunting – on the contrary, I had always looked upon it rather critically – at that moment I was gripped by the desire to flee this unfamiliar environment and roam the countryside with a dog at my heels, observing at close proximity the comings and goings of the natural world… I snapped out of my reverie.”

Dictionary Definition: “a state of being pleasantly lost in one’s thoughts; a daydream.”

Ammon Definition: daydreaming

Word Nerds 2.11

Word: dilettantes

Source: Look Who’s Back, Timur Vermes, page 23

Context: “The Reichsmark was no longer legal tender, even though others – probably some clueless dilettantes on the side of the victorious powers – had clearly adapted my plan to turn it into a European-wide currency”

Dictionary Definition: a person who cultivates an area of interest, such as the arts, without real commitment or knowledge.

Ammon Definition: Someone with a half-hearted interest

Word Nerds 2.10

Word: Tender

Source: Look Who’s Back, Timur Vermes, page 23

Context: “The Reichsmark was no longer legal tender, even though others – probably some clueless dilenttantes on the side of the victorious powers – had clearly adapted my plan to turn it into a European – wide currency. ”

Dictionary Definition: ” an unconditional offer of money or service in satisfaction of a debt or obligation made to save a penalty or forfeiture for nonpayment or nonperformance”

Ammon Definition: Money

Word Nerds 2.9

Word: Reichsmark

Source: Look Who’s Back, Timur Vermes, page 23

Context: “the Reichsmark was no longer legal tender, even though…”

Dictionary Definition: The Reichsmark was the currency in Germany from 1924 until 20 June 1948 in West Germany, where it was replaced with the Deutsche Mark, and until 23 June in East Germany when it was replaced by the East German mark. The Reichsmark was subdivided into 100 Reichspfennig.

Ammon Definition: Nazi Germany’s currency

Word Nerds 2.8

Word: ulcer

Source: Look Who’s Back, Timur Vermes, page 22

Context: “One would develop and ulcer from reading the scibblings of the syphilitic, degenerate minds within the gutter press who, manifestly freed from all state control,  were at liberty to publish the sick and profane view of the world they had dreamed up”

Dictionary Definition: “A peptic ulcer is a sore on the lining of your stomach, small intestine or esophagus. A peptic ulcer in the stomach is called a gastric ulcer. A duodenal ulcer is a peptic ulcer that develops in the first part of the small intestine (duodenum). An esophageal ulcer occurs in the lower part of your esophagus”

Ammon Definition: one would get sick

Word Nerds 2.7

Word: inauspicious

Source: Look Who’s Back, Timur Vermes, page 20

Quote: “The premises were extremely inauspicious: as far as foreign affairs were concerned, I had neither military intelligence nor the foreign ministry at my disposal; with regard to domestic affairs, establishing contact with the Gestapo was, given my circumstances, no simple matter.”

Dictionary Definition: not conducive to success; unpromising.

Ammon Definition: super difficult

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Word Nerds 2.6

Word: austerity

Source: Look Who’s Back, Timur Vermes, page 16

Quote: “It had been a vital experience, I admit, allowing me an insight into life that no university in the world could have provided, and yet that period of austerity was not one I had enjoyed.”

Dictionary Definition: “sternness or severity of manner or attitude.”

Ammon Definition: he was super stressed out

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Word Nerds 2.5

Word: indolent

Source: Look Who’s Back, Timur Vermes, page 8

Quote: “You could have been forgiven for thinking we were in the most indolent peacetime!”

Dictionary Definition: wanting to avoid activity or exertion; lazy.

Ammon Defintion: Lazy

Word Nerds 2.4

Word: Messerschmitt

Source: Look Who’s Back, Timur Vermes, page 7

Context: “They may well have been automobiles but were smaller , and yet they looked so technically advanced as to make one suspect that the Messerschmitt plant must have had a leading hand in their design.”

Dictionary Definition: “Messerschmitt AG was a German share-ownership limited, aircraft manufacturing corporation named after its chief designer Willy Messerschmitt from mid-July 1938 onwards, and known primarily for its World War II fighter aircraft, in particular the Bf 109 and Me 262.”

Ammon Definition: A German plane company

Word Nerds 2.3

Word: Reichsleiter

Source: Look Who’s Back, Timur Vermes, Page 6

Quote: “Like a Reichsleiter, of course!”

Dictionary Definition: “Reichsleiter was the second highest political rank of the Nazi Party, next only to the office of Führer”

Ammon Definition: Hitler’s second in command