Date: Mon Nov 13 02:52:10 EST 2000
Subject: A.Word.A.Day--aufklarung
Xaufklarung (OUF-klay-roong) noun

The Enlightenment. An important period in German culture,
in which new knowledge was being assimilated, and antiquated
ideas replaced.
[German : auf, up (from Middle High German uf, from Old High German.) +
Klarung, a making clear, from klaren, to make clear, from Middle High German
klaeren, from klar, clear, from Latin clarus.]

This illustrates a problem with German loan-words, namely
failing to give a clue as to pronunciation of words with umlaut.