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Jul 10, 2009
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Sturm und Drang

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Sturm und Drang

PRONUNCIATION:
(SHTOORM oont DRANG)

MEANING:
noun: Turmoil; upheaval.

ETYMOLOGY:
From German Sturm und Drang (translated as: storm and stress, literally: storm and urge/yearning), title of the 1776 play about the American Revolution, by dramatist Friedrich Maximilian von Klinger (1752-1831). It was also the name of an 18th century German literary movement characterized by greater expression of emotional unrest.
The name of the Durmstrang Institute, one of the wizarding schools in the Harry Potter series, is a spoonerism of Sturm und Drang.

USAGE:
"After the sturm und drang of Revolutionary Road, director Sam Mendes opted for a looser, lighter story."
Colin Covert; Pregnant Pause With 'Away We Go'; Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minnesota); Jun 12, 2009.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
In my youth I thought of writing a satire on mankind; but now in my age I think I should write an apology for them. -Horace Walpole, novelist and essayist (1717-1797)

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