Describes the change in texture of a dry crunchy cereal such as Honey Nut Cheerios or Shreddies when slightly but not completely dampened by milk.
Pronounced: as it's spelt, ignoramus
Describes the properties of all metal tubes, be they as part of a ladder or shelving system, when they're slightly crumpled through overloading and probably shouldn't be used but then you do anyway and hope it'll hold the weight. Most commonly seen in stepladders because you only use it occasionally and it's not like you'll fall very far, is it?
Pronounced: only by the daring
The amazing ability of publicists of things of all kinds to produce apparently undoctored photographs that show the product/property/secondhand vehicle to be desirable, situated in a land of eternal sunshine or in mint condition, when in fact it doesn't work, is situated directly underneath a seven-lane highway overpass, or is only in possession of two wheels. There is a small but thriving manufacturing company in Minsk that makes special cameras for those intending to commit schadenfreude.
Pronounced: however you like
The property of cat hairs to appear on and/or in your clothing despite not having been anywhere near a cat in that jacket or in fact at all for the last four years and besides even then you didn't touch it or sit down anywhere there might have been hair so what's that about exactly?
Pronounced: exclamatory and with gusto after a forward roll onto the mat
Usage: during team registration for gymnastic competitions (noun)
The name given to a group of queue-jumping people so large they rival the actual queue. However, an apfelstrudel is a handy way of telling who is most likely to be on steroids.
Pronounced: quietly as though in a library very close to the front desk
Usage: by psychologists, but only on Tuesdays.
The emotion akin to frustration but closer to shame that wells up whenever you fail to correctly tear anything that has been perforated in order to make tearing it very easy. Chronic gestalt is suffered by office professionals who have no choice but to persist for hours in failing to satisfyingly tear tiny perforated labels for binder separators.
Pronounced: with thirty seconds of high-pitched ullulation after the g
Usage: in cupboards
The kind of person who hangs around nightclubs and bars because that's where they've always gone, even though everyone they know left town twenty years ago and even the bar staff are embarrassed to speak to them so they just sit there or read the paper or wander around looking to see if they know anyone but they don't.
Usage: down the back of the shirt collar of an old woman in the line for the bus
The kind of person who talks incessantly about work.
Pronounced: with the tongue pinched between the front teeth
Usage: in moments when, had the word not been said, you could have heard a pin drop, had a pin been dropping
The expanding slick of melted and unusable ice cream at the bottom of a scoop when it sits on a plate that makes other things on the plate slide around in a circle and mess up the arrangement of the dish when you try to cut them up with just a spoon.