Have you ever piled on the pounds after a particularly
nasty breakup? Seen your weight increase during periods of stress? It is a
concept many will be familiar with. But only in German does the phenomena merit its own
word – Kummerspeck. Kummerspeck translates as the excess weight gained from
emotional overeating, but literally means grief bacon.
Mental Floss have gathered together 29 of the best
examples of these words (volume 1 and volume 2). Many
will be familiar with schadenfreude but what about fremdschämen – the cringing embarrassment
you get when you see someone else putting their foot in it. Think Inbetweeners
orMeet the Parents.
Out of the 29, my favourite three are:
1. Gumusservi (Turkish) - meaning the moonlight
shining on water.
(Japanese) – the experience of seeing a woman who appears pretty from behind
but not from the front (familiar to fans of Clueless as a “total Monet”, or in
Viz’s Profanasaurus if blonde as a golden deceiver).
(Scots) – the panicked hesitation moments before introducing someone whose name
you can’t remember.