banjax [ban-jaks]: to damage, ruin, destroy, smash
hassock [has-uh k]: a cushion for kneeling
métier [MET-yay]: vocation, trade; an area of activity in which one excels; forte
fremdscham: shame felt for actions done by someone else
cathexis [kuh-THEK-sis]: investment of mental or emotional energy in a person, object, or idea
growlery: a place to retreat to, alone, when ill-humoured
mitty [MIT-ee] :
noun: An ordinary, timid person who indulges in daydreams involving great adventures and triumphs.
After the title character in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, a short story (1939) by James Thurber, later made into a movie (1947) of the same name.
girouettism: the practice of frequently altering one’s opinions or principles to follow popular trends
demiurge [DEM-ee-erj]: one that is an autonomous creative force or decisive power