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AbgrundsanziehungAbyss-Attraction or Toying with the (non-suicidal) idea of jumping from a height.

Many years ago, I climbed partially up Mt. Washington, even though I dislike heights. At one point high up the trail arrowed and, turning around, I looked out at a green carpet, which I had the overwhelming desire to tread upon. I immediately flattened against the rocks as I realized the "carpet" was the treetops several hundred feet below. I decided I'd gone high enough that day and never reached the summit.


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In that case let's make a game of it and invent a few of our own.

I propose

scheissesprechen - to talk rubbish

schiessesprechen - to shoot ones mouth off

alleinscheissesprechen - to talk rubbish that nobody else listen to

alleinschiessesprechen - to shoot ones mouth off but only when nobody else is present to hear it

and, of course, putting it all together

alleinsscheisseschiessesprechen =
To shoot ones mouth off while talking rubbish when nobody is there to hear you but which they wouldn't listen to even if they were there.

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Today's glorious words:

Witzfindungsstörung
Joke-Finding-Dysfunction or The inability to remember jokes.

Extrawursttagsgefühl
Bonus-Sausage-Day-Feeling or an irrational sensation of specialness on your birthday.

Provinztrübsinn
Little-Town-Blues or The claustrophobia of a small town (that may inspire great things).

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Regarding your December 18th post, Goofy, You are correct, and I have edited my previous posts to reflect that. Sorry for the confusion. While Schott has lots of citations, linguistic discussion and references, including cross references to related words and footnotes relating to the German word or its translation, the words are made-up portmanteaus. As I've indicated previously, what I like most about the book is not the words themselves, but the concepts he articulates.
 
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sinsation
the thrill felt when engaging in illicit pleasures


Give a man a fish and he can eat for one day; give a man a fishing pole and he will find an excuse to never work again.
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And today's fun, but made-up, German words:

Schlafchauvi
Sleep-Macho or One who takes pride in getting little sleep. (I know some of these people; they say, "I don't need much sleep." Balderdash! More and more research is finding the importance of sleep.)

Popelplaisir
Booger-Bliss or Intimate moments of personal grooming. (Ugh!)

Gähnverseuchung
Yawn-Contamination or One yawn's irrestrainable power to provoke another. (This happened to me the other day.)
 
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And today:

Pli (not sure if it's an i or a y) nschkinhamster
Plyushkin's-Hamster or The urge to hoard.

Einsiedelei
Lonely-Kettle or The melancholy of cooking for one.

Dreiecksumgleichung
Triangle-Reorganization or When two friends you've introduced form a new friendship that excludes you.
 
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And today's words:

Bluthochmut
Blood-Haughtiness or The pride some people take in having a rare blood type. (Mine is the rarest there is, but I take no pride in it.)

Bauchgefühlbauchgefühl
Gut-Feeling-Gut-Feeling or Instinctively knowing what gave you food poisoning.

Spiegelbildauflösung
Reflection-Disintegration or Staring into a mirror until you being not to recognize your own face.
 
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Real or not, I love these words. The feelings hit home so often.

Erebusterror
Erebus-Terror or Dread at the first indications of a fatal disease. (I wonder if this is referring to a hypochondriac?)

Ringrichterscham
Boxing-Referee-Shame or Embarrassment at being present when a couple argues.

Marksismus
Deutsch-Marxism or The distorting influence of wealth.
 
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And for today's words:

D (another confusing letter; it sounds like f) erschniedlichung
"Bewilliement" or Bestowing nicknames on your sexual parts, or those parts of a loved one.

Bähgriff
Disgusting-Idea or Everyday experiences that prompt you to recoil with various degrees of repugnance.

Mundphantom
Mouth-Phantom or Feeling that the thermometer is still under your tongue after it's been removed. (Shu knows this! He has been sick with the flu and a high fever for 6 days.)
 
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D (another confusing letter; it sounds like f)


Wait what?
 
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"Bewilliement"
So THAT's why we sometimes call a penis a Willie? Now, can you explain "Dick" and "Johnson?" Roll Eyes
 
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Goofy, I can only say that the letter looks like a "D" (written with fanciful letters), but their pronunciation was "fair-shneed-lih-cchoong"

And today's words:

Sozialpflichterfüllungsstolz
Social-Duty--Completion-Pride or The satisfaction you feel after performing minor acts of altruistic civic duty. (Hmmm - what is a "minor" altruistic act?)

Dudenblitz
Duden-Flash or Thinking of the perfect word just as you reach for the thesaurus. (Not very likely, at least for me.)

Pissoirzurückhaltung
Urinal-Retention or Inability to urinate when other people are present. (This must be hard for men in public bathrooms!)
 
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Goofy, I can only say that the letter looks like a "D" (written with fanciful letters), but their pronunciation was "fair-shneed-lih-cchoong"


That's a mistake.
 
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Perhaps - or maybe I'm not reading it right. Remember, the letters are all fanciful and sometimes hard to read.
 
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And the January 1st, 2015, words:

Dielennystagmus
Hallway-Nystagmus or Repeatedly catching and avoiding people's gazes when, say, approaching them down a long corridor. (Or, from my perspective, on a train)

Hochkommakrankheit
Apostrophitis or A (banal) obsession with (or general confusion about) (the deployment of) apostrophes. (How many times have we talked about this on Wordcraft? Wink)

Rollschleppe
Escalator-Schlep or The exhausting trudge up a stationary escalator.
 
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Pride or The satisfaction you feel after performing minor acts of altruistic civic duty. (Hmmm - what is a "minor" altruistic act?)

Not making fun of made-up German words.


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I am going to be sad when these are done.

Here are today's words:

Blickleid
Glance-Harm or Sneaking sly looks at the physically disabled

Schmetterlingsschnauze
Butterfly-Jaws or "The toughness of the dandy"

Frohsinnsfaschismus
Cheerfulness-Fascism or The god-awful mediocrity of organized fun
 
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Sneaking sly looks at the physically disabled

Much better than laughing hysterically.


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And today's words:

Betttrug
Bed-Deception or The fleeting sense of disorientation on waking in a strange bed. (Happens when I travel.)

Arztentköstigung
Doctor's-Rations or Wherein what the doctor orders you to abstain from are things you most love. (mmhmmm!)

Straus(I think its an "s"- weird letter)manöver

Ostrich-Maneuver or The short-term defense strategy of simply denying reality.
 
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The short-term defense strategy of simply denying reality.

A Republican long-term policy.


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Nope, I didn't forget. It has just been so cold here lately that I've been going to bed early.

Here are tonight's words:

Besserwinzer
Know-It-All-Vintner or One of those people who pretend to know more about wine than they do.

Clashsyndrom
Clash-Syndrome or Moments of etiquette when there is no polite way of behaving.

Watzmannwahn
Watzmann-Delusion or The impulse to take impetuous risks when tantalizingly close to your goal.
 
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Watzmann is a mountain in the German Alps. At first sight there's no obvious link with the 'impulse to take risks' meaning. Perhaps, though, the summit area looks deceptively simple and is liable to lure unwary climbers into trouble?


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Yes, here is what the notes in the book say about that mountain: "Watzmannwahn is named for Watzmann - the highest peak entirely within Germany, near Berchtesgaden, Bavaria. This 8,900-foot peak and the lesser peaks that flank it are said to personify King Watzmann, his wife, and their various children, who were petrified as punishment for the king's oppression."


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Gesprächsgemetzel
Conversation-Carnage or Moments when, for no good reason, a conversation suddenly goes awry.

Fus(not sure of that last letter, maybe f and s?)faust
Foot-Fist or Instinctively curling up your toes in mortification at someone else's embarrassment.

Erlösungsfreudeschuldbewusstsein
Deliverance-Joy-Shame or Guilt at the relief of a loved one's death.
 
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Fus(not sure of that last letter, maybe f and s?)faust


Fußfaust

eszett

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Ah, that's my problem! Thanks, Goofy. It has occurred in some other words, too.

Here are today's words:

Erosrausch
Eros-Ecstasy or The head-over-heels intoxication of new love.

Siechtumsschulung
Infirmity-Instruction or The educative effects of serious illness.

Schubladenbrief
(Desk-)Drawer-Letter or The letter you write but never send. (They must mean email. Wink)
 
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And for today:

Schlagerschmeichelei
Schlager-Integration or Enjoying emotionally manipulative mass culture, despite knowing you are being manipulated.

Amtsangst
Authority-Anxiety or Irrational feelings of guilt suffered by the spotlessly innocent.

Damoklesschuld
Damocles-Debt or The haunting anxiety of owing money you cannot pay back.
 
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Frühlichkeit
Early-Gaiety or Feeling uniquely special at being up and about while others are still abed.

Ideenentgleisung
Idea-Derailment or Irritation at losing one's train of thought.

Kinderhalbwahrheit
Children-Half-Truth or The myriad deceptions adults practice on children.
 
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Neuröschen
Little-Neuroses or Everyday quirks of quasi-obsessive and sub-compulsive behavior. (Wow - that is right on with someone I work with!)

Götzengeschwätz
Idol-Chatter or Praying to a god you don't believe in.

Kissenkühlelabsal
Pillow-Chill-Refreshment or The ineffable pleasure, and instant relief, of a cool pillow. (I love my pillow!)
 
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Oh no! Those were the last three! Frown I've so enjoyed these.
 
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This animation describes how you can make long German words on your own.


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Hoping this thread stays put for a while so I can enjoy all these fun German words at my leisure. Thanks, Kalleh!!
 
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Nice link, Proof. I have always enjoyed Languagehat.

Thanks, Bethree. I liked them, too. What I thought clever, more than stringing the German words together, was that many of the concepts described are experienced by all of us and would be perfect for a word or two.
 
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Language Log has a post about this sort of German words. In particular he mentions verschlimmbessert, which means "made worse by improvement". In other words, we've all come across a product that is advertised as "New! Improved!" but we feel is not as good as it was before.


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I learned a new one from your link, arnie! "Fahrvergnügen - joy of driving, which I definitely have.
 
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