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The 10 weirdest German words that don't exist

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The 10 weirdest German words that don't exist
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Federico Prandi, an Italian expat in Berlin, has started inventing hilarious German words for comical every day situations. Here are ten of the best.

1. Kotzerleichterung – the moment of extreme relief that comes after barfing.

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2. Kassegehemmt – feeling self-conscious at the cash register of a supermarket and having the impression everyone is judging you based on your groceries.

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3. Verenglischen – to answer in English when a foreigner is trying to speak to you in your native language.

Footballer Franco de Santo. File photo: DPA

4. Gerucherinnerung – a memory triggered by a smell.

An olfactory expert smells a car part. File photo: DPA

5. Busschwarzesloch – the part of a bus or train that is inexplicably empty, even when all the rest is packed as hell.

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6. Haartalk – The awkward conversation you have with your hairdresser.

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7. Handlosfahrthass – jealous hatred towards people who can ride their bicycles without hands.

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8. Erdnussbutterstickung – the illusory sense of suffocation experienced the first time you try peanut butter.

Photo: Wikipedia Commons

9. Gleicherichtungsverlegenheit – the awkwardness felt after parting from an acquaintance and realizing you're actually walking in the same direction.

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10. Trojanischespartypferden – waiting for someone to leave the party so you can leave with them.

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See also: How to use German to express our weirdest fears

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