Words That Don't Translate

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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Goya (گویا) The transporting suspension of disbelief that can occur in storytelling Urdu surprise
Buksvåger Literally means "abdomen brothers-in-law"; used for two men who have slept with the same woman Swedish physical
desenrascanço the ability to find improvised solutions to problems Portuguese strength attribute life
Jafjafa (جفجفة) The sound of new clothes. Arabic attribute life
Crapoter verb. To not take a lungful of a cigarette. French health action society
Moriturism The sudden reminder that you will one day no longer occupy this earth English awareness philosophy life
uḷaṟu (உளறு) To say something that should not be or to say somethng nonsensical or unrelated Tamil awareness adverse
Paasa A person who leads someone on (intentionally or not). Appearing as if they are genuinely interested romantically when they aren’t Tagalog adverse interaction awareness
Shibui Old school cool Japanese attribute
Kuidare To eat yourself into backruptcy Japanese food funny
Bimyou Not bad, or "meh" Japanese attribute
Moledro A feeling of resonant connection with an author or artist you'll never meet, who may have lived centuries ago and thousands of miles away English awareness connection
Mahalo Thankfulness, appreciation, and gratitude as a way of living Hawaiian positive
Werifesteria To wander longingly through the forest in search of mystery English nature explore
Yoisho A word without meaning, said when flopping into a chair after a hard day at work or lifting a heavy bag. Japanese event physical work
Schlemiel An inept, clumsy person Yiddish attribute funny
Tampo Behaviour in which a person withdraws his or her affection or cheerfulness from a person who has hurt his or her feelings; when you're disappointed with someone yet do not express it directly Tagalog adverse emotion
Verklempt Completely overcome with emotion Yiddish emotion
Durcheinander Complete mess; screwed up beyond all recognition German adverse
Kummerspeck Weight you gain because you're unhappy ("sorrow bacon") German food adverse habits
Gökotta To rise at dawn in order to go out and listen to the birds sing Swedish nature beauty
Yoroshiku onegai shimasu Favorably, please. Japanese positive
Retrouvailles Lit. 'rediscovery'; a reunion (e.g., with loved ones after a long time apart). French friends family
Muskelkater Charley horse ("muscle cat") German physical
Lus Desire, craving; greed; fancy, cupidity; inclination, tendency. Afrikaans adverse
tuḷir (துளிர்) Technically "a baby leaf", but it specifcally means a freshness tenderness, delicateness Tamil attribute beauty
Morgenfrisk Feeling rested after a good night's sleep Danish health physical
kaṟpu (கற்பு) Determination to chastity, even in the face of adversity Tamil strength
Ramé Something that is both chaotic and joyful at the same time Indonesian life attribute
Mencomot Stealing things of small value, mostly for fun rather than out of necessity. Indonesian action funny

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