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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Sitzfleisch Having "Sitzfleisch": being persistent enough to complete a tough or big task German strength growth
Feierabend End of the work day German event
Mauerbauertraurigkeit The unexplicable urge to push people away, even close friends who really like you. German friends habits
Ohrwurm A melody or song that gets stuck in your head ("ear worm") German life music
Backpfeifengesicht A face in need of a slap German physical funny
Fingerspitzengefühl Literal: “finger tips feeling", but means an intuitive feel or to have one's finger on the pulse German feeling
Schnappsidee An idea so stupid the person must have thought of it while drunk German funny thinking creativity
Frustfressen Excessive eating because of frustration German food adverse habits
Zechpreller Someone who leaves without paying the bill. German adverse event friends
Frostbeule Someone that is very sensitive to cold. That friend that always feels cold. ("frost bite") German attribute friends
Vorfreude The joyful, intense anticipation that comes from imagining future pleasures German time awareness happiness
Tüddelig Sweet, elderly, and senile German character
Treppenwitz Literal: "staircase joke", because the witty retort usually hits you in the stairwell on your way out German funny
Handschuhschneeballwerfer A coward willing to criticize and abuse from a safe distance German adverse attribute interaction
Fremdschämen To be embarrassed by something somebody else did German society thinking adverse
Erbsenzähler Literally "a person who literally counts their peas"; someone who is nitpicky and always trying to make things perfect German attribue measurement extreme
Fisselig Being flustered to the point of incompetence German stress
Verschlimmbesserung An attempt at improvement that makes things worse than they already were German adverse
Wegbier A beer you're having on your way somewhere (i.e. a party) German friends event food
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
Spätzünder A person who needs a long time to understands sth/ so who makes belated progress of personal development German adverse
Krawattenmuffel Someone who'd rather not wear a tie German clothing habits
Weiche Literal: "soft egg"; someone who is weak or cowardly German adverse attribute
Kabelsalat Tangled up cables; literally “cable-salad" German funny physical
Bildung education, formation, acculturation, cultivation, development. German cultural



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