07 Apr 2019

werppentitz

Definition


werppentitz n; when a man loses his mind while talking to a hot chick, losing the opportunity because of either saying the wrong thing or for saying nothing at all

werppentitz is similar to the German word, ‘Treppenwitz’, ‘thinking of something too late’, but ‘werppentitz’ refers to when a man gets ‘tongue tied’(tit-tied) or freezes up, shocked, losing his mind from being in the presence of a hot chick, and so loses the opportunity

 

 

 

Middle Dutch

werpen

to cast off, to lose

 

Noun

Treppenwitz;  is a German word that describes “that flash of genius you get for a clever comeback after the opportunity has passed.” Also known as staircase wit

 

We've all experienced this moment before - someone says something to you and you are so overwhelmed by the comment that it leaves you speechless and you can't come up with a snappy comeback on the spot. But once you've walked away from the situation the perfect response suddenly pops into your head.

This phenomenon is referred to as Treppenwitz in German, which literally means staircase joke, because, what do you know, the witty retort usually hits you in the stairwell on your way out. Of course by then it's already too late to use it.

The term derives from the French expression "L'esprit de l'escalier," which also translates to staircase joke. No matter the language, it seems we all experience the same phenomenon. So it's surprising that the English language has yet to come up with it's own snappy word. But it does have two expressions that perfectly describe our lack of a Treppenwitz: tongue-tied and brain fart.

 

10:28AM BST 03 Sep 2009

The research shows men who spend even a few minutes in the company of an attractive woman perform less well in tests designed to measure brain function than those who chat to someone they do not find attractive.

Researchers who carried out the study, published in the Journal of Experimental and Social Psychology, think the reason may be that men use up so much of their brain function or 'cognitive resources' trying to impress beautiful women, they have little left for other tasks.

The findings have implications for the performance of men who flirt with women in the workplace, or even exam results in mixed-sex schools.

Women, however, were not affected by chatting to a handsome man.

This may be simply because men are programmed by evolution to think more about mating opportunities.

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Treppenwitz