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Humorist Cole Gamble imports his favorite foreign words into English lexicon

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Writer Cole Gamble. Twitter/ColeGamble

Humor writer Cole Gamble has discovered some foreign words that capture very American concepts, but for which we have no equivalent. For instance, 'Kummerspeck.' It's a German word that literally means "grief bacon," but really describes any food you eat when you are nervous or depressed. Gamble shared some other terms he thought we should import into the country for, and shared some of his favorites with Madeleine.


Cole Gamble, author of "Conquer Everything: Simple Ways to Become Better Than and/or Destroy Everyone Else," humor writer for Cracked and Mental Floss.

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