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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Verschlimmbesserung An attempt at improvement that makes things worse than they already were German adverse
Zechpreller A person who leaves a restaurant without paying German adverse action food
Handschuhschneeballwerfer A coward willing to criticize and abuse from a safe distance German adverse attribute interaction
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
Schnapsleiche So who passed out drunk ("liquor corpse") German adverse event friends
Sehnsucht Thoughts and feelings about all facets of life that are unfinished or imperfect, paired with a yearning for ideal alternative experiences. German philosophy reflection
Schnapsdrossel A person that drinks a lot but rarely gets drunk German food habits
Spannungsbogen A sequence of events which build up suspense and/or tension German event exciting
Frostbeule Someone that is very sensitive to cold. That friend that always feels cold. ("frost bite") German attribute friends
Schilderwald Jungle of traffic signs; a street so crowded with signs that you become lost German stress confusion
Weltschmerz Feeling hopeless about the state our world is currently in ("world pain") German adverse society
Trennungsagentur Literal: "separation agent"; A man hired by women to break the news to their boyfriends that they are breaking up German action
Putzfimmel Adjective for someone who is obsessed with cleaning German habits
Mauerbauertraurigkeit The unexplicable urge to push people away, even close friends who really like you. German friends habits
Lebensmüde Weary of life German adverse life stress
Schulbildend Inspiring or leading to the creation of schools of thought. German growth philosophy
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
Durcheinander Complete mess; screwed up beyond all recognition German adverse
Fachidiot Someone who knows a great deal about a very narrow subject German thinking attribute
Treppenwitz Literal: "staircase joke", because the witty retort usually hits you in the stairwell on your way out German funny
Zechpreller Someone who leaves without paying the bill. German adverse event friends
Extrawunsch Someone who is slowing things down by being fussy, making everything more complicated than necessary German stress adverse action
Sturmfrei Having the house or flat to oneself German event
Packesel The person who’s stuck carrying everyone else’s bags on a trip German travel physical

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