Notes from An Alien

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#WORDS ~ 42 of Our Weird Little Friends :-)


My Best Friend, Jane Watson, shared two very interesting lists with me that I’ll share with you.

I was happy she shared them because, as you can see from the image, this blog has had visitors from many countries… 

Visitors to this Blog

Dots are Visitors Since November, 2012 ~ Total Visits on Map = 55,310 — Total visits to this blog since January, 2011 = 94,158

You’ll have to go to the links I give you to read about all the words but I think it will be worth your time, for entertaining and educational reasons :-)

First is 23 Awesome Foreign Words We Need to Start Using in English.

Here they are (read about them at the link…):

1. Kummerspeck — German
2. Luftmensch — Yiddish
3. Tsundoku — Japanese
4. Chi Ku (吃苦) — Chinese
5. Toska — Russian
6. Kreng-jai — Thai
7. Pochemuchka — Russian
8. Goya — Urdu
9. Esculhambação — Brazilian Portuguese
10. Koi no yokan — (the site listed no language for this word…)
11. Backpfeifengesicht — German
12. Hanyauku — RuKwangali
13. Verschlimmbesserung — German
14. Pålegg — Norwegian
15. Cwtch — Welsh
16. Sisu — Finnish
17. Inat — Serbian
18. Mokita — Kivila
19. Won — Korean
20. Yakamoz — Turkish
21. Waldeinsamkeit — German
22. Lítost — Czech
23. Culaccino — Italian

Second is 20 Awesomely Untranslatable Words from Around the World.

Here they are (read about them at the link…):

1. Toska — Russian
2. Mamihlapinatapei — Yagan (indigenous language of Tierra del Fuego)
3. Jayus — Indonesian
4. Iktsuarpok — Inuit
5. Litost — Czech
6. Kyoikumama — Japanese
7. Tartle — Scottish
8. Ilunga — Tshiluba (Southwest Congo)
9. Prozvonit — Czech
10. Cafuné — Brazilian Portuguese
11. Torschlusspanik — German
12. Wabi-Sabi — Japanese
13. Dépaysement — French
14. Schadenfreude — German
15. Tingo — Pascuense (Easter Island)
16. Hyggelig — Danish
17. L’appel du vide — French
18. Ya’aburnee — Arabic
19. Duende — Spanish
20. Saudade — Portuguese

Were there any words in those lists from Your country’s language??
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