(N.) got-tur-‘stam-mur-ung Unlike Götterdämmerung (the twilight of the gods, or, more broadly, the collapse of something grand) gotterstammerung (let’s skip the umlauts) is when you meet a prominent person and get tongue-tied. Usage: Nicola joined the line outside the theater, waiting for actors to emerge to autograph programs, but when the star actually came up to her, took her program, and smiled expectantly, she was filled with gotterstammerung, and couldn’t think of a thing to say.
(N.) ‘tin -tin An androgynous person with a short haircut. Usage: At the party, Seamus flirted with a girl in skinny jeans and a bright down jacket for five minutes until he realized Tracy was not a girl but a guy, which had not been apparent. Scanning the crowd, he noticed that Tracy was far from the only tintin in the throng, recalibrated, and kept chatting—figuring his chances of misguessing again were high, and the conversation was fun, anyway.
(N.) be-‘rap-i-tood Blissful mood felt by someone choosing gifts for others, anticipating the giftees’ joyful reception of the presents. Usage: Lutz didn’t care what his girlfriend got him for Christmas, he was so blissed out with bewrapitude as he wrapped the sparkling sapphire earrings he’d gotten her that he felt like it was a present to himself.
(N.) ‘fayss-look An outfit that is (too closely) associated with you because you’ve worn it in photos that appear on Facebook or other social media. Usage: The third time someone at the party commented that her dress looked as great in person as it did on her online profile, Valerie cringed and realized she would have to retire her facelook dress for the season. She’d only worn it twice, but it was so familiar to her friends by now that it might as well have been a Halloween costume.
(N.) 'Ad-dult-'es-cents Youthful self-absorption displayed by grown-ups. Also (adj.) adultescent . Usage: At 50, Bernie was as obsessed with discussing his personal development as he had been at 14. Luckily, his best friend at the ad agency, Martha, who was 55 ,was similarly adultescent. The two of them spent hours over coffee breaks taking glossy-magazine personality quizzes and dissecting their romantic hopes, which never turned into anything solid for either of them.
(N.) ‘chor-ga-ny-zur One who wants to control how household chores are performed, and has strong opinions on their proper execution. Also (V.) choreganize. Usage: Dennis always reloaded the dishwasher when Candace did the dishes, claiming she’d done it wrong. As much as she hated his fussy choreganizing, she was grateful that it meant he insisted on doing the laundry himself.
(Gerund) ‘free-low-†hing Doing something you hate or fear because it’s free, or part of a package or coupon deal you’ve scooped up. Also (V.) freeloathe. Usage: Her knuckles white with terror, Tina slid across the zip line in the jungle not once but twice, because two zip line trips were included in her holiday package, and she couldn’t resist freeloathing. She also wanted to earn the hideous “I Zipped the Jungle” mug—the bonus gift for completing two circuits.
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FREUNDENFREUDE (N.) 'froyn-duhn 'froy-duh The feeling of happiness that having good friends gives you; also, genuine joy at friends’ successes. Usage: Robert’s friends had teased him for a decade that he’d never finish his dissertation; but when he finally did it, they were so filled with freundenfreude that they rented a ballroom and threw him a giant party to celebrate.
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(N.) ‘net-kro-man-see The mystical art of summoning web connectedness to your cellphone, tablet or other G-4 device when you are out of range or underground. Also (N.) netcromancer (a practicer of this art) Usage: Joanie almost missed the train because the subway stairs were choked with netcromancers who were pointing their cellphones like magic wands toward the subway exit, hoping to make their messages send before descending to the platform. (q.v. WI-TRY)