— There’s a German word that I’m looking for.
— Where you laugh at somebody else’s misfortune?
— No. But it’s along the lines of that. It’s a German word for
when you’re running the vacuum, and you see a little, like, Star
Wars figure gun or a Lego piece, something of that size, and the
head of the vacuum is just inches away, and you go to stop, so as
not to suck it up, no matter how many times you as a parent have
warned the child whom the little piece belongs to to be careful
about such things so that they don’t get vacuumed up, but you
try to stop, because you have memories of being a child yourself
and having been warned by your parents along similar lines and
yet suspecting that your own parents were unsympathetic and
purposefully vacuumed up such pieces, and that the emotional
scarring and memory of such lost guns causes you, no matter how
many times this has happened, to stop the vacuum cleaner and but even
in your best efforts to stop, the suction of the vacuum and
proximity to the head are such that the piece still gets sucked
up and is lost forever. What is the German word for that?
— Yeah. I don’t know.
— It’s on the tip of my tongue.