German Erklärungsnot (lit. explanation distress)The pressure of having to explain something (and not being able to do so).

**Erklärungsnot, die (f.)** **Definition (German):** [Duden](http://www.duden.de/rechtschreibung/Erklaerungsnot) **Pronunciation:** [Forvo](http://www.forvo.com/word/erkl%C3%A4rungsnot/) This word could be used e.g. in the following situations: - He got into *Erklärungsnot* when Linda asked him on the morning after the party why the bathtub was full of plant pots; he did not remember anything. - The fact that no WMDs were found in Iraq got George W. Bush into *Erklärungsnot* as this had been one of the main reasons for the war. - Mike got into *Erklärungsnot* when Jason caught him stuffing the dead body into the back of his car.