( mentsh, cognate with the German word Mensch meaning a "human being") means "a person of integrity and honor". The opposite of a "" is an "", meaning an utterly unlikeable or unfriendly person. According to Leo Rosten, the Yiddish maven and author of The Joys of Yiddish, a "" is "someone to admire and emulate, someone of noble character. The key to being 'a real mensch' is nothing less than character, rectitude, dignity, a sense of what is right, responsible, decorous." The term is used as a high compliment, implying the rarity and value of that individual's qualities.
Mensch, released in 2002, is the 20th music release by prominent German rock/pop artist Herbert Grönemeyer. Mensch ("Human") is Grönemeyer's 11th full-length album of original compositions. The title track "Mensch" became Grönemeyer's first number-one single in Germany. The mood of the album reflects the recent death of his wife and one of his older brothers in the same week, and is rich with poetic imagery. The songs range from rock to ballads. The richness of the imagery and language, as well as the use of creative word play, can make the lyrics difficult to interpret by listeners who are not fluent in German. In Mensch Grönemeyer reflects on his own humanity as it relates to feeling loss. The song "Der Weg" in particular focuses on memories of his wife and the love they shared.
The full-length album was released in three versions:
- a copy-protected CD
- a 12" vinyl LP album
- a hybrid Super Audio CD, containing standard compact disc stereo, Super Audio CD high-resolution stereo, and Super Audio CD high-resolution multi-channel audio content.
The compact disc and the Super Audio CD (CD layer and high-resolution SACD stereo sections) contain a hidden track after about fifteen minutes of silence at the end of the last song. The album is almost entirely in German, with the hidden track in English.
Mensch was a huge success in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and sold nearly 4 million copies, making it one of the best-selling German-language records of all time. Being certified 21 x Gold in Germany, it is the best-selling album of all time in that region. __NOTOC__
Mensch (German for human being) is a Yiddish word for a person of integrity and honor.
Mensch may also refer to:
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
"person of strength and honor," 1907, from Yiddish, from German Mensch, literally "man, person," from Old High German mennisco "human," from Proto-Germanic adjective *manniska- "human" (see mannish).
n. A person (chiefly male) of strength, integrity(,) and honor or compassion.
n. a decent responsible person with admirable characteristics [syn: mensh]
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Usage examples of "mensch".
Bij de keuze van een verblijfplaats op het land gaan zij met groote omzichtigheid te werk, misschien hebben zij deze gewoonte eerst aangenomen, nadat de ervaring hun geleerd had, dat het noodig is, zich zooveel mogelijk in acht te nemen, voor hun gevaarlijksten vijand, den mensch.
Alfred had seen already, a man in early midlife, and it was easy to see, from his appearance, how the mensch had once mistaken the Sartan for gods.
Die Freiheit hat nur Werth, ja sie ist erst dann vorhanden, wenn auch der Mensch zu leben hat, und diesen Lebensunterhalt garantirt die Zivilisation nicht.
Felsen von Harlech einander zu entfremden, hatte kein Mensch sein Gesicht gesehen.
Ein junger Mensch mit einem Aspekt von Schlechtbezahltheit und Pflanzenkost bediente ihn, indem er neue Mappen zur Ansicht herbeischleppte.
From Pergina I went to Trent and from there to Bolzan, where, needing money for my dress, linen, and the continuation of my journey, I introduced myself to an old banker named Mensch, who gave me a man to send to Venice with a letter to M.
Soon he sat down to a new-rinsed dish of yesterday's stew reheated (chuck steak, onions, carrots, spuds, well-spiced with Lea and Perrin's and a generous drop or so of chili sauce) while there sang on the stove in deep though tepid fat a whole bag of ready-cut crinkled potato pieces and, in another pan, slices of spongy canned meat called Mensch or Munch or something.