Category Archives: Great Words that Don’t Exist in Engilsh

Happy Thanksgiving, Y’all: Some thoughts on food words

I frequent Dictionary.com and Thesaurus.com probably more than most people, because what fun is speaking or writing if you can’t out-vocab someone? They’ve also got a great blog that I occasionally peruse when Gawker gets overly snarky or the BBC … Continue reading

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Everyday Sounds in Lots of Languages

He’s back at it! James Chapman, the man who brought us the cute little drawings of various animals noises in different languages, is back in action. This time he’s introducing us to everyday sounds like snores, kisses, drinking and applauding, … Continue reading

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Foreign Vocabulary: Japanese

Hikkomori (ひきこもり or 引き籠もり): Withdrawn These days, the word hikkomori has taken on a new meaning in Japanese culture – the word refers to the thousands of young Japanese men who have withdrawn from society, becoming hermits and staying locked … Continue reading

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Untranslatable Love

Sent in by my dear friend Kim, I’ve got another round of untranslatable words for you, but this time, they are all about love. Here are my favorites: 1. Because what beats this feeling?: Forelsket. Norwegian for the euphoria one feels … Continue reading

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Emotions We Have But Don’t Have a Word for in English

21 Emotions for Which There are no English Words & New Emotions Invented by the Internet This linguistic infographic was originally sent to me by my fellow travel and language enthusiast (to say the very least) and resident foodie, Julia … Continue reading

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Schadenfreude

    Schadenfreude ‘damage joy’ Delight in another person’s misfortune.

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