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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Krawattenmuffel Someone who'd rather not wear a tie German clothing habits
Schnapsleiche So who passed out drunk ("liquor corpse") German adverse event friends
Konfliktfähigkeit the ability to manage interpersonal conflict constructivly, without becoming personally involved. German growth
Fernweh To have a yearning to see distant places German travel thinking
Verschlimmbesserung An attempt at improvement that makes things worse than they already were German adverse
Pantoffelheld Literally "slipper hero"; A man who may act tough in front of his friends but can’t stand up for himself against his wife German family interaction
Vorfreude The joyful, intense anticipation that comes from imagining future pleasures German time awareness happiness
Rabenmutter A bad mom ("raven mother") German family society adverse
Schadenfreude To be happy when things go wrong for someone else German adverse society
Schulbildend Inspiring or leading to the creation of schools of thought. German growth philosophy
Spannungsbogen A sequence of events which build up suspense and/or tension German event exciting
Sitzfleisch Having "Sitzfleisch": being persistent enough to complete a tough or big task German strength growth
Extrawunsch Someone who is slowing things down by being fussy, making everything more complicated than necessary German stress adverse action
Abendrot The colour of the sky when the sun is setting German nature beauty
Erbsenzähler Literally "a person who literally counts their peas"; someone who is nitpicky and always trying to make things perfect German attribue measurement extreme
Schwärmerei Excessive or extreme enthusiasm or sentimentality. German happiness
Feierabend End of the work day German event
Fingerspitzengefühl Literal: “finger tips feeling", but means an intuitive feel or to have one's finger on the pulse German feeling
Gemütlichkeit An atmosphere of belonging, relaxation, chilled music, great food and drink German music food life
Zechpreller A person who leaves a restaurant without paying German adverse action food
Beschaulich Quiet, pensive; living a simple life; pleasantly contemplative, unhurried in a fashion that inspires mental well-being. German positive
Kabelsalat Tangled up cables; literally “cable-salad" German funny physical
Handschuhschneeballwerfer A coward willing to criticize and abuse from a safe distance German adverse attribute interaction
Trennungsagentur Literal: "separation agent"; A man hired by women to break the news to their boyfriends that they are breaking up German action
Torschlusspanik The fear that time is running out on achieving life goals German growth awareness

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