Favorite German Words
Das Fingerspitzengefühl = literally, “finger tips feeling”. A kind of keen feeling, intuition combined with sensitivity and diplomacy. To have Fingerspitzengefühl is to go by instinct, based on one’s own situational awareness. The ability to respond to things appropriately and tactfully. The concept may be applied to diplomats and politicians in tricky (international) situations, to the bearers of bad news who manage to soften the blow, to describe a person’s ability to respond calmly to an escalated situation. It might be used to describe the instinctive play of a football player, who simply knows what to do in certain situations. An intuitive quality that enables a person to negotiate tricky social situations and helps with military strategy.