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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Some things that take whole sentences to describe in English are a single word in another language.

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1. Kummerspeck (German) Excess weight gained from emotional overeating. Literally, grief bacon.

2. Shemomedjamo (Georgian) You know when you're really full, but your meal is just so delicious, you can't stop eating it? The Georgians feel your pain. This word means, "I accidentally ate the whole thing."

3. Tartle (Scots) The nearly onomatopoeic word for that panicky hesitation just before you have to introduce someone whose name you can't quite remember.

4. Mamihlapinatapai (Yaghan language of Tierra del Fuego) This word captures that special look shared between two people, when both are wishing that the other would do something that they both want, but neither want to do.

5. Backpfeifengesicht (German) A face badly in need of a fist.

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These are great, but I am surprised that Shadenfruede (German: the secret glee at the misfortune of another) isn't at the top of the list.

#1 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-06-13 12:12 PM | Reply


@#1 ... I am surprised that Shadenfruede (German: the secret glee at the misfortune of another) isn't at the top of the list. ...

If it were, it would probably look more like: Schadenfreude. :)

I do agree, though, that it should be prominent on the list.

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-06-13 12:16 PM | Reply

Ok foreign word spelling Nazi (coddler), you got me.

Although it is referenced in #15, its omission is odd.

#3 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-06-13 12:28 PM | Reply

Chinese characters are like that too. One symbol can mean a mouthful.

Most proverbs are made up of 4 characters.

#4 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-06-13 12:56 PM | Reply


@#3 ... Ok foreign word spelling Nazi (coddler), you got me. ...

What can I say. In high school I had three years of scientific German. Some things linger.

Spelling in German is far more precise and systematic than English.

:)

#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-06-13 01:07 PM | Reply

Trumpenschiezenderlederhosen-Started about 2018. Many leggings ruined due to TDS-induced bowel irregularity.

#6 | Posted by Spork at 2019-06-13 07:14 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

They may replace a full sentence with a single word... but let's not ignore that they're still as long as a sentence.

#7 | Posted by kwrx25 at 2019-06-14 07:07 AM | Reply

Liars. All those examples have an English equivalent.

1. Wife
2. Pig
3. Friendless
4. Lust
5. Exwife

#8 | Posted by Petrous at 2019-06-14 01:19 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

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