Fingerspitzengefuhl is the word
Just found this word "fingerspitzengefuhl" (Imagine an umlaut over the 'u') in, of all places, Dutch flower bulb catalog. It is a German word mening "the feeling in the tips of your fingers." It is used by bulb growers to describe the way they tell when daffodil bulbs have been properly dried -- "matured," is how they put it -- for shipping. (Hint: The big box stores get 'em way too early.)
It struck me as the perfect word to describe that sensitivity to a dough's condition that we strive to acquire, so as to know by touch when the mix is right, when the fermenting is finished, when the final proof has reached perfection.
The Germans really *do* have a word for everything, don't they? I wish I knew how to pronounce it.