Schreibtisch

GermanEdit

 
ein Schreibtisch
 
Spanish vargueño desk
 
Augsburg Kabinettschrank with drawers

EtymologyEdit

From schreiben (to write) +‎ Tisch (table). Equivalent to Luxembourgish Schreifdësch, Hunsrik Schreibdisch. Both components of this very German word are ultimately from Latin.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈʃʁaɪ̯pˌtɪʃ/
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NounEdit

Schreibtisch m (strong, genitive Schreibtisches or Schreibtischs, plural Schreibtische)

  1. desk, cabinet (any table, frame, or case for the use of writers and readers; also a place for storing the papers)

Usage notesEdit

  • The term schreibtisch was used in 16th and 17th century for cabinets (in german Kabinett or Kabinettschrank). This naming comes from original purpose of cabinets used for writing and storing the papers, so called Bargueño desks). These cabinets were often provided with an openable front panel, used for writing, which hides several drawers for storing the papers or utentils inside. Bargueño desks were copied in other parts of Europe and produced in several forms. Many of them were not even equiped with the writing desk, however the term schreibtisch was used for them.

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Further readingEdit

  • Schreibtisch” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache
  • Schreibtisch” in Uni Leipzig: Wortschatz-Lexikon
  • Schreibtisch” in Duden online
  •   Schreibtisch on the German Wikipedia.Wikipedia de
  • Spenle, Virginie (2011), “Der Kabinettschrank und seine Bedeutung für die Kunst- und Wunderkammer des 17. Jahrhunderts”, in Möbel als Medien. Beiträge zu einer Kulturgeschichte der Dinge, Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, pages 69-83