Mies van der Rohe's Misbegotten Change of Name https://mosaicmagazine.com/observation/history-ideas/2019/05/mies-van-der-rohes-misbegotten-change-of-name/

Before becoming linked to the famous architect who was trying to escape it, the German word mies (rotten) made its way from Hebrew, to Yiddish, to a thieves’ argot called Rotwelsch.

May 22, 2019 | Philologos
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Mies Van Der Rohe at his desk. Frank Scherschel/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images.

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