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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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closed as not constructive by Hugo, James McLeod, Andrew Leach, Matt E. Эллен, Kris Apr 29 '13 at 12:50

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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
@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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Delikatessen is not a composite word. – Wrzlprmft May 14 '15 at 21:35
@Wrzlprmft: Delikat - delicate, essen - eating – Mitch May 20 '15 at 16:00
@Mitch: But that’s not the origin of Delikatessen. Rather it’s derived from the French délicatesse (see also here). It doesn’t even work as a folk etymology, as Delikatessen would be pronounced differently, if it were a composite word. – Wrzlprmft May 20 '15 at 18:56
@Wrzlprmft hilarious! I had no idea! – Mitch May 20 '15 at 19:23

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