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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Tuesday 16th July 2024
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gemutlich (adjective) ge-MOOT-lich (ch as in Scots loch)

Comfortable, cosy, amiable.

With her debut feature, 29-year-old Jessica Hausner has become, like Michael Haneke and Ulrich Seidl, a director intent on finding a secret theatre of horror behind the rituals of gemutlich middle-class family life in Austria.

Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 28 December 2001. Guardian

The new spot is the Empire Diner, a glitz-free, gemutlich place tucked among the warehouses of West Chelsea - right in the middle of Manhattan's new gallery district ...

Deborah Solomon, The New Yorker, 12 January 1998. The New Yorker

And yet, standing on the stage of Symphony Space, surveying the oddly proportioned but undeniably gemutlich auditorium, Mr. Sheffer said: ''Look at this place. I don't regret saving it for a moment -- even if it did inconvenience some engineers.''

David Dunlap, The New York Times, 18 July 1999. New York Times

So rigorous was he in applying this rule - not a second's breath anywhere - that you began to suspect a polemical intent, as if Jansons was out to scotch the perception that the Vienna Phil have become a bit relaxed and gemutlich over the centuries.

Unattributed, Telegraph, 18 September 2002. Telegraph

On stage, however, this gemutlich figure is capable of a dramatic transformation into a fireball of ferocity and passion, with a scalding voice to match.

Unattributed, Telegraph, 13 January 2004. Telegraph

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