my favourite new word

i came across this word whilst re-reading an old novel recently and it’s definitely my most favourite word of the moment and also recognisable to me as a designer, it’s a little known german word [u”>schlimmbesserung[/b][/u]

defined as follows:

an intended improvement that has the opposite effect (the adjective schlimm can mean anything from "bad" to "malicious"; the noun Besserung means "improvement" – literally "betterment")

or put differently fucking something up that was fine by trying to improve it… as brian eno said: ‘the real art is knowing when to stop’ or something to that effect…nice

m / 07-02-2010 12:11

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