- (colloquial) An item of possession that embarrasses the owner and cannot be easily discarded. Schrankschanden are often of inferior quality.
- My father gave us a vase. We keep it only on display when he visits. It is a true Schrankschande.
- His misplaced comment was soon quoted world-wide, making it a Schrankschande in his diplomatic CV.
- Business is about success and failure: Many companies carry Schrankschanden in their company record, such as Ford's Edsel.
In comparison with white elephant, a Schrankschande is often of inferior quality and cheap, whereas a white elephant is a precious object and costly to maintain. A Schrankschande is embarrassing whereas a white elephant is both unwanted and prestigious at the same time.
Compound of German Schrank (“cabinet”) and Schande (“disgrace”).