At a Loss for Words

Nobel laureate Herta Mueller was “at a loss for words” when she learned that she’d won this year’s literature prize.

Not to be snarky or anything, but shouldn’t the literary prize winner be particularly good at finding the right words?

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  1. A.J. Sutter says:

    Not at all. As Thomas Mann (Nobel 1929) pointed out, “A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than for everyone else” (“[E]in Schriftsteller ein Mann ist, dem das Schreiben schwerer fällt als allen anderen Leuten”). Schriftsteller often has a particularly literary connotation, so law profs perhaps tend to be exempt from this disability.