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A Word for Michael Jackson and His Son

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A Word for Michael Jackson and His Son

A Word for Michael Jackson and His Son

A Word for Michael Jackson and His Son

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Earlier this week, singer Michael Jackson ignited a firestorm when he dangled his infant son over the fourth-floor balcony of his Berlin hotel. Since there are no words in English to capture the array of emotions this gesture elicited, we try to imagine how the German language might describe this event.