Friday, May 18, 2012

25 Words That Don't Exist in English

A sampling of the list:
8. Gigil (pronounced Gheegle; Filipino): The urge to pinch or squeeze something that is unbearably cute
17. Pena ajena (Mexican Spanish): The embarrassment you feel watching someone else’s humiliation
19. Schadenfreude (German): the pleasure derived from someone else’s pain
21. Taarradhin (Arabic): implies a happy solution for everyone, or “I win. You win.” It’s a way of reconciling without anyone losing face. Arabic has no word for “compromise,” in the sense of reaching an arrangement via struggle and disagreement
23. Tingo (Pascuense language of Easter Island): to borrow objects one by one from a neighbor’s house until there is nothing left
24. Waldeinsamkeit (German): The feeling of being alone in the woods
See the whole list at So Bad So Good. Thanks Margaret for showing me this.

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