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What are some composite German words such as "Schadenfreude" or "Sauerkraut" that are commonly used in English and with no English equivalents?

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Before this question gets blitzed with comments and goes kaput, I'll point you to this list. :^) –  J.R. Apr 29 '13 at 8:51
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@J.R. Why would the question go kaputt!? –  Spatz Apr 29 '13 at 9:01
    
Because Beiherhund das Oder die Flipperwaldt gersput, of course. –  RegDwigнt Apr 29 '13 at 9:19
    
@Spatz: I have a hunch it might get closed; it's a bit open-ended. Kaput, of course, was only meant to convey my hunch by using one of the words from the list. –  J.R. Apr 29 '13 at 9:27

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  • Zeitgeist
  • Weltschmerz
  • Doppelgänger
  • Delikatessen

For the usage frequency of these over time, see here.

Also in a purely philosophical context, there is “Dasein” which is often left intentionally untranslated.

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