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(The Week)   Fourteen wonderful words with no English equivalent. Subby mamihlapinatapais this to be greenlit but fears it might be too greng-jai   (theweek.com) divider line 186
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2013-01-16 06:52:56 PM
i1079.photobucket.com
 
2013-01-16 07:00:17 PM
Didn't we do this thread, oh, six months ago?
 
2013-01-16 07:01:32 PM
PhiloeBedoe: [i1079.photobucket.com image 500x213]

Does he look like a biatch?
 
2013-01-16 07:01:38 PM
This word means, "I accidentally ate the whole thing."

25.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-01-16 07:03:47 PM
czetie : The Germans call that SechsMonatJucken.
 
2013-01-16 07:04:11 PM
11. Fremdschämen (German)

Using German is cheating. They just cram words together to make new ones.
 
2013-01-16 07:04:39 PM
"Koi no yokan" is three words (article fail). Anyway, how about "natsukashii" for Japanese? I always had trouble when I was translating this into English (it means a feeling of nostalgia).
 
2013-01-16 07:04:53 PM
The direct translation of schadenfreude is "sad-trombone"
 
2013-01-16 07:05:25 PM

czetie: Didn't we do this thread, oh, six months ago?


Therefore it should never be seen again.
 
2013-01-16 07:05:29 PM
Gezellig is missing.
 
2013-01-16 07:05:49 PM

fusillade762: 11. Fremdschämen (German)

Using German is cheating. They just cram words together to make new ones.


You need to expand your Weltanschauung
 
2013-01-16 07:08:21 PM
If there was no English equivalent, where did all the English meanings come from?
 
2013-01-16 07:09:23 PM
Backpfeifengesicht notably absent.
 
2013-01-16 07:10:06 PM
What "tartle" might look like:

www.terrycolon.com

/with a helpful pic of what a Scotsman might look like.
 
2013-01-16 07:11:19 PM
grok

that is all
 
2013-01-16 07:11:23 PM
Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, Zeg. Got it.
 
2013-01-16 07:13:48 PM
5. Zeg (Georgian)
It means "the day after tomorrow." Seriously, why don't we have a word for that in English?


I propose "threemorrow". Zeg... er, no.
 
2013-01-16 07:14:02 PM
how about Geschwindigkeitsbegrenzung? the English equivalent is more than 1 word. Also spell it on triple word score in Scrabble and its worth like eleventy brazillion points
 
2013-01-16 07:14:11 PM
"You know, the Russians don't have a word for détente."

-Ronald Reagan
 
2013-01-16 07:14:34 PM

mesmer242: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, Zeg. Got it.


Overmorrow. Learned from the comments in TFA, but definitely a word I plan on incorporating into daily conversation.
 
2013-01-16 07:15:34 PM
Shee-niou!

www.infinitydish.com
 
2013-01-16 07:16:49 PM

vudukungfu: fusillade762: 11. Fremdschämen (German)

Using German is cheating. They just cram words together to make new ones.

You need to expand your Weltanschauung


Or wait a few days and just take a Sontagnachmittagspaziergang.
 
2013-01-16 07:17:17 PM

czetie: Didn't we do this thread, oh, six months ago?


i1144.photobucket.com

/but you're not
 
2013-01-16 07:17:42 PM
5. Zeg (Georgian)
It means "the day after tomorrow." Seriously, why don't we have a word for that in English?


"Aftermorrow" is the English word...I've never heard anyone actually use it, though...
 
2013-01-16 07:18:08 PM
They're called Sniglets!

/Is my age showing?
 
2013-01-16 07:22:24 PM
9. Koi No Yokan (Japanese)
The sense upon first meeting a person that the two of you are going to fall in love.


Can I get a big ol' awwww....from the peanut gallery on this one? It happened to me almost 20 years ago. Yeah, I'm with that guy. Hey, who knows? Maybe we'll be twin Kamis when we depart this mortal plane.

I love the Japanese language and culture for their depth of expression of love, lust and all of its various variations.

/ugly American, kid studies Japanese in his spare time
 
2013-01-16 07:22:51 PM
Fremdschämen

This is why I cannot watch American Sitcoms. Especially The Office.
 
2013-01-16 07:23:17 PM
I hate when people say shiat like, "There's no word for that in English." Hey watch this.

"Did you see Seth yesterday? He was so hungry he started eating the pizza right out of the oven and then he started pelinting all over the place. What a spaz."

There you go. It's English now. It's really easy. Your article is wack.
 
2013-01-16 07:24:31 PM

czetie: Didn't we do this thread, oh, six months ago?


oro se do bheatha bhaile
 
2013-01-16 07:24:48 PM

oren0: mesmer242: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, Zeg. Got it.

Overmorrow. Learned from the comments in TFA, but definitely a word I plan on incorporating into daily conversation.


Really, I can do without the word as long as I know what day of the week it is. I always have more trouble referring to things in the recent past.... "Last Monday, I mean, a week before this past Monday" or "Two Mondays ago"... It's clunky. Sometimes you can get away with saying "Last week" but sometimes more detail than that is actually necessary.
 
2013-01-16 07:24:57 PM
Stolen from "The Meaning of Tingo."
 
2013-01-16 07:25:29 PM

oren0: mesmer242: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, Zeg. Got it.

Overmorrow. Learned from the comments in TFA, but definitely a word I plan on incorporating into daily conversation.


Fur Ubermorgan! For the Day After Tomorrow!
 
2013-01-16 07:26:15 PM
4. Rhwe (Tsonga, South Africa)
College kids, relax. There's actually a word for "to sleep on the floor without a mat, while drunk and naked."


I usually just call that "Saturday."
 
2013-01-16 07:26:26 PM

dr-shotgun: Shee-niou!

[www.infinitydish.com image 800x600]


I immediately thought of Firefly when I read the headline. Is there a site somewhere that translated all the stuff they said? God, I love that show. And Jewel.
 
2013-01-16 07:26:33 PM

Felgraf: Fremdschämen

This is why I cannot watch American Sitcoms. Especially The Office.


It's why I have a very hard time watching Ben Stiller movies, and also Parks And Recreation. It's embarrassment comedy, and I don't like it!
 
2013-01-16 07:27:14 PM

bborchar: "Koi no yokan" is three words (article fail). Anyway, how about "natsukashii" for Japanese? I always had trouble when I was translating this into English (it means a feeling of nostalgia).


tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com

/ It's delicate, but potent.
 
2013-01-16 07:28:44 PM
Hey you know what we do with words like that?

We take them.
 
2013-01-16 07:29:30 PM
Oddly enough, I read that headline in Jar Jar Binks's voice......

/Meesa has a sad now. :(
 
2013-01-16 07:29:46 PM

jruland: grok


But "grok" means "to drink".
 
2013-01-16 07:31:47 PM
Buster: La-ach-ha-tem.
Michael: What's that mean?
Buster: No, I was just clearing my throat, but I think it actually does mean "laundry" but like, a child's laundry. We don't really have a word for it
 
2013-01-16 07:32:07 PM
How about "doch" from German? We have no word equilavent to mean plain old emphasis on whatever we are saying.
 
2013-01-16 07:33:09 PM

Marshall Willenholly: dr-shotgun: Shee-niou!

[www.infinitydish.com image 800x600]

I immediately thought of Firefly when I read the headline. Is there a site somewhere that translated all the stuff they said? God, I love that show. And Jewel.


Yes. It's ugly but this is what I used when I watched Firefly last month firefly chinese to english translations
 
2013-01-16 07:33:53 PM
If I had to pick, out of anything, I'd choose the French Si and Non as positive and negative responses to Negative questions. e.g.

Aren't you going to the movies?
Si - I am going to the movies
Non - I am not going to the movies.

Meanwhile, we continue to have this silly little interplay where we need too many words to describe the correct answer, none of which are common enough to provide a quick answer to the question.
 
2013-01-16 07:34:20 PM
One of my favorites is "utepils" from Norwegian. It means to sit outside on a sunny day enjoying a beer. I'm sure many farkers enjoy that. This website http://betterthanenglish.com/utepils-norwegian/ is filled with them.
 
2013-01-16 07:34:57 PM
All words have English equivalents. English just uses the foreign word (ie: schadenfreude).

It is remarkably flexible in that regard. It never invents a new word if a better foreign version already exists. It is probably the most parasitical language on Earth.
 
2013-01-16 07:35:22 PM
I had no idea it was possible to write this article without including the Celtic word for "the itchiness on your upper lip when you're about to take a sip of whiskey."  I've never seen one of these lists without it.  Weird.  Eerie.
 
2013-01-16 07:35:37 PM
Blar!
 
2013-01-16 07:35:49 PM
Some of those words were made up just recently. I wonder what new made up words from other countries don't have English equivalents yet. What about a word for "she's so beautiful and sexy I wish to go home to act on my impulse"?
 
2013-01-16 07:41:06 PM

GreenSun: Some of those words were made up just recently. I wonder what new made up words from other countries don't have English equivalents yet. What about a word for "she's so beautiful and sexy I wish to go home to act on my impulse"?



That would be dickathrob.
 
2013-01-16 07:41:19 PM
In Hungarian we have a word for 'due to your continuous pretending to be indesecratable' and it reads as megszentségteleníthetetlenségeskedéseitekért. I think there are 10 different inflexions, suffixes, and prefixes around the noun 'szent' int this word, which by itself means saint / holy / sacred. The point is that it is not different words put together but only one noun and some modifiers.

An other one is legeslegtöredezettségmentesíthetetlenebbeskedéseitekért, 'because of your highest unfragmentationability factor'. The core of it is the verb tör which means to break.

You know, I'm glad that there are no words for them in English.
 
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