17 Jan

For some things, there are no words. In the case of translating from one language to another, sometimes it’s impossible. Here’s a list of 15 great words that have no English equivalent, but probably should.

  1. Koi no yokan: Japanese for the feeling that a relationship will evolve into love after the first meeting.
  2. Nedotipva: Czech for one who finds it difficult to take the hint.
  3. Mahj: Persian for looking beautiful after a disease.
  4. Spesenritter: German for a person who shows off by paying the bill on his company’s money.
  5. Prozvonit: Czech and Slovak for calling someone’s cell so they have your number.
  6. Torschlusspanik: German for the fear of diminishing opportunities, particularly in regard to the biological clocks of women in their mid-30s.
  7. Kummerspeck: German for excess weight gained from emotional overeating, literally meaning “grief bacon.”
  8. Begadang: Indonesian for staying up all night talking.
  9. Cafune: Portuguese for running of one’s fingers through the hair of one’s mate.
  10. Kontal-kontil: Indonesian for the swinging of long earrings or the swaying of a woman’s dress as she walks.
  11. Baffona: Italian for an attractive mustachioed woman.
  12. Ilunga: Deemed the hardest word to translate by linguists, this word comes from the DR Congo and means “a person who is ready to forgive any abuse for the first time, to tolerate it a second time, but never a third time.”
  13. Layogenic: Filipino for a person who is only good-looking from a distance (i.e. a “Monet” a la Cher Horowitz).
  14. Zechpreller: German for someone who leaves without paying the bill.
  15. Shvitzer: Yiddish for someone who sweats a lot, particularly a nervous seducer.

See the original post here.

PS the German title of this post means “coward,” or, “one who wears gloves to throw snowballs.”


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