Sonntagsschrift

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Sonntag (Sunday) +‎ -s- +‎ Schrift (writing)

The sense “tidy handwriting” was probably formed following Sonntagskleidung (Sunday best), from the aspect of tidiness.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈzɔntaksˌʃʁɪft/
  • Hyphenation: Sonn‧tags‧schrift

Noun[edit]

Sonntagsschrift f (genitive Sonntagsschrift, plural Sonntagsschriften)

  1. diligently tidy handwriting (often used in an ironic fashion)
    • 1979, Matthias Laireiter, August Stockklausner, Unser Lesebuch 3, vol. 3, page 53.
      „Na, eine Sonntagsschrift ist das gerade nicht", denkt sie beim Durchlesen.
      "Well, this is certainly no calligraphy," she thinks while reading it.
    Wie, du kannst das nicht lesen? Ich hab das doch in meiner schönsten Sonntagsschrift geschrieben.
    Why, you can't read that? But I have written it in my prettiest handwriting.
  2. Sunday newspaper or magazine

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