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I am sitzen-stonished!

I love the German ability to append words to great effect. My favourite sitzen expression encountered during research for my book was 'sitzen-pisser' meaning an unmanly man (one who pees sitting down).

Sadly that gem didn't make it into the final book, however the following German agglomeration did - they have a single word that means the “disappointment one feels when something turns out not nearly as badly as one had expected”.

If you'll forgive the shameless self promo, my book covers 1,000+ similar expressions from 10 languages: "I'm Not Hanging Noodles on Your Ears" from National Geographic. More details at www.hangingnoodles.com

PS - the title is the Russian equivalent of our I'm not pulling your leg.

Whew, feared it was the fleisch that's dumplisch in mein pantyhosen.

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