Eunoia

Words That Don't Translate

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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Umij se Splash water on your face Serbian physical action
Mencomot Stealing things of small value, mostly for fun rather than out of necessity. Indonesian action funny
Ngaobera A slight inflammation of the throat caused by screaming too much Pascuense adverse action health
Zugzwang To be forced to make a move even though it will likely to be at your disadvantage German action interaction philosophy
Zhaghzhagh The chattering of teeth from the cold or from rage Tamil adverse action physical
Hoppilandkalle Guy who jumps to dry land to moor a boat Swedish action
Tôpäj (төпәй) Interjection that is used to forewarn a child of falling Bashkir action
Abquatulate To leave without saying goodbye English action
Ripsaspis (ρίψασπις) Literal: "the one that throws down his shield"; the one that gives in with dismay Greek action
Harkla The little coughing noise one makes, often before giving a speech or dislodging a piece of cinnamon bun from their throat Swedish action
kataṟu (கதறு) Helplessly shaking and crying Tamil action adverse
Zechpreller A person who leaves a restaurant without paying German adverse action food
Fensterln To visit a girl who you fancy either by coming to her window or climbing through it to see her German love action persistence
Beau geste A gesture noble in its nature or intention but ultimately meaningless in substance French action
Dhurna Extorting payment from someone by sitting at their front door and staying there until you get paid Hindi action persistence
Crapoter verb. To not take a lungful of a cigarette. French health action society
Rire dans sa barbe To laugh in your beard quietly while thinking about something that has happened French funny reflection action
Wei-wu-wei "Action without action" or effortless doing; conscious non-action; the deliberate and principled decision to do nothing for a reason. Chinese action life
Desus The quiet, smooth sound of somebody farting although not very loudly Indonesian sound funny action
Voetstoots A sale where the thing is sold as is or with all its faults without any guarantees Afrikaans action
Załatwić To make something which is very complicated somehow simpler in an entrepreneurial and cheeky way Polish creative action
Tima Not being ready to spend time or money on a specific thing, despite being able to afford it Icelandic thinking action
Trennungsagentur Literal: "separation agent"; A man hired by women to break the news to their boyfriends that they are breaking up German action
Nedoperepitj (недоперепить) To drink more than one should have, but less than one would have wanted. To fail to drink too much. Russian funny action
Palla To steal fruit off trees Swedish funny action food




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