Words That Don't Translate

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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Frostbeule Someone that is very sensitive to cold. That friend that always feels cold. ("frost bite") German attribute friends
Kopfkino Imagining scenarios vividly ("head cinema") German thinking visual
Verschlimmbesserung An attempt at improvement that makes things worse than they already were German adverse
Treppenwitz Literal: "staircase joke", because the witty retort usually hits you in the stairwell on your way out German funny
Jein Yes and no German attribute measurement
Feierabend End of the work day German event
Schwärmerei Excessive or extreme enthusiasm or sentimentality. German happiness
Fernweh To have a yearning to see distant places German travel thinking
Fremdschämen To be embarrassed by something somebody else did German society thinking adverse
Zechpreller A person who leaves a restaurant without paying German adverse action food
Frustfressen Excessive eating because of frustration German food adverse habits
Unglücksrabe An unlucky person (literally: Raven with bad luck) German luck adverse
Mauerbauertraurigkeit The unexplicable urge to push people away, even close friends who really like you. German friends habits
Handschuhschneeballwerfer A coward willing to criticize and abuse from a safe distance German adverse attribute interaction
Erklärungsnot The state of having to quickly explain yourself German action stress
Spätzünder A person who needs a long time to understands sth/ so who makes belated progress of personal development German adverse
Rabenmutter A bad mom ("raven mother") German family society adverse
Angrillen Beginning the grilling season German food event
Zeitgeist The "spirit of the time" is what's going on culturally, religiously, or intellectually during a certain period. German time society
Extrawurst Someone who is slowing things down by being fussy, making everything more complicated than necessary German stress adverse action
Putzfimmel Adjective for someone who is obsessed with cleaning German habits
Weichei Literal: "soft egg"; someone who is weak or cowardly German adverse attribute
Handschuhschneeballwerfer A person who wears gloves to throw snowballs; a wimp German action attribute
Zechpreller Someone who leaves without paying the bill. German adverse event friends
Fensterln To visit a girl who you fancy either by coming to her window or climbing through it to see her German love action persistence

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