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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Schnappsidee An idea so stupid the person must have thought of it while drunk German funny thinking creativity
Trennungsagentur Literal: "separation agent"; A man hired by women to break the news to their boyfriends that they are breaking up German action
Drachenfutter A gift to your significant other as a form of apology German love feeling
Bildung education, formation, acculturation, cultivation, development. German cultural
Schwärmerei Excessive or extreme enthusiasm or sentimentality. German happiness
Zugzwang To be forced to make a move even though it will likely to be at your disadvantage German action interaction philosophy
Fuchsteufelswütend Literal: 'Fox devil angry'; steaming with rage German adverse stress emotion
Jein Yes and no German attribute measurement
Fahrvergnügen The love of simply driving German adventure happiness
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
Spannungsbogen A sequence of events which build up suspense and/or tension German event exciting
Kopfkino Imagining scenarios vividly ("head cinema") German thinking visual
Waldeinsamkeit The feeling of solitude in the woods German nature beauty
Rabenmutter A bad mom ("raven mother") German family society adverse
Kabelsalat Tangled up cables; literally “cable-salad" German funny physical
Feierabend End of the work day German event
Verschlimmbesserung An attempt at improvement that makes things worse than they already were German adverse
Fernweh To have a yearning to see distant places German travel thinking
Kummerspeck Weight you gain because you're unhappy ("sorrow bacon") German food adverse habits
Ohrwurm A melody or song that gets stuck in your head ("ear worm") German life music
Handschuhschneeballwerfer A person who wears gloves to throw snowballs; a wimp German action attribute
Warmduscher Literal: 'A person that takes warm showers'; to describe those who have trouble stepping out of their comfort zone German funny attribute growth
Innerer Schweinehund Literal: 'Inner pig dog'; the lazy voice in your head. It symbolizes the part of you that doesn’t want to go jogging, that prefers staying at home with chocolate and pizza and is just generally lazy. German feeling life health
Fachidiot Someone who knows a great deal about a very narrow subject German thinking attribute
Wegbier A beer you're having on your way somewhere (i.e. a party) German friends event food

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