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Einstein's last words were, "Erleichda, erleichda.
La insistencia de Jürgen Fauth
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da5e commented on the word erleichda
Erleichda is a word, possibly German, possibly made-up, used by Tom Robbins in his novel, Jitterbug Perfume.
"The word was a transitive verb, an exclamation, a command, of which an
exact English translation is impossible. The closest equivalent probably would be the
Lighten up, indeed. Against his better judgment and to Pan's chagrin, Alobar
remained in the flat for a week, subsisting oh crusts of stale bread and flakes of moldy
cheese. Each night he placed the open bottle of K23 in the sitting room, each morning
he rushed in and searched for messages in the dust. There were none. That is, there
was but one, the one and only: Erleichda. "Lighten up!"
"hrough the heat ducts of the Institute for Advanced Study. No wonder they didn't
understand Einstein's last words! Einstein's last words weren't in German at all.
Einstein's last words were in the language of an obscure and long-lost Bohemian tribe,
and had been taught to him by Alobar.
Einstein's last words were, "Erleichda, erleichda."
Indeed, there are doors aplenty there, but
eventually she does come upon the one to which she was directed. It is marked neither
EXIT nor ENTRANCE but
ERLEICHDA. And it is the right door
June 9, 2009
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