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Schottenfreude and 16 other words to describe the human condition

Schottenfreude and 16 other wonderfully specific German words for those times when nothing in English captures your experience are defined and pronounced on the NY Times website. They're taken from Ben Schott's forthcoming book: Schottenfreude: German Words for the Human Condition


Definitions include praying to a god you don't believe in, the tiny triumphs of nimble-fingered dexterity, the gnawing sense of incompleteness from knowing there is a partially eaten snack lying around, being startled when exiting a movie theater into broad daylight, and looking up rude words in the dictionary


Link here


Any idiosyncratically apt word candidates from other languages?

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