Thursday, February 24, 2011

Das ist schlecht!

A leading German politician has to give up his doctorate due to plagiarism. Doctorates carry a lot more social importance in Germany than in the US so this is a bigger deal than it might seem at first blush.

Key lesson: If you plan a career in politics you just have to accept nowadays that everything will be checked and that everything will be watched.

Bonus question (to which I do not know the answer): I understand the "von" in German names, e.g. Friedrich von Hayek, as meaning "from" but what does it mean to be "zu" Guttenberg? Did some illustrious ancestor of this not-so-illustrious politician move to Guttenberg and do something important there?

1 comment:

Jason Kerwin said...

Wikipedia says that "von" and "zu" carry the same meaning in German and are occasionally used together as "von und zu": zu Guttenberg's grandfather has an otherwise-identical name but with the "von und zu" formulation.