Words That Don't Translate

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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Beau geste A gesture noble in its nature or intention but ultimately meaningless in substance French action
Ngaobera A slight inflammation of the throat caused by screaming too much Pascuense adverse action health
Umij se Splash water on your face Serbian physical action
Vprikusku Drinking tea through pieces of sugar Russian food action
Mencolek The trick when you tap someone lightly on the opposite shoulder from behind to fool them Indonesian funny friends action
Hoppilandkalle Guy who jumps to dry land to moor a boat Swedish action
Eshaku A slight bow of around 15 degrees Japanese physical 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
Queesting Inviting a lover into your bed for some pillow talk Dutch love action event
Bababa ba? Is it going down? (In the context of an elevator) Tagalog action
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
Ripsaspis (ρίψασπις) Literal: "the one that throws down his shield"; the one that gives in with dismay Greek action
Tachiyomi To stand in a bookstore and read a book without buying it Japanese society funny action
Desus The quiet, smooth sound of somebody farting although not very loudly Indonesian sound funny action
Zechpreller A person who leaves a restaurant without paying German adverse action food
Hanyauku To walk on tiptoes across a hot surface Rukwangali physical action
Pekopeko Bowing one's head repeatedly in a grovelling manner Japanese physical action
Załatwić To make something which is very complicated somehow simpler in an entrepreneurial and cheeky way Polish creative action
Voetstoots A sale where the thing is sold as is or with all its faults without any guarantees Afrikaans action
Stushevatsya To fade into the background Russian action
Chai-Pani Literal: "tea and water"; the money and favors given to someone to get things done Hindi food action
Ghalidan Rolling from side to side as lovers do Tamil love action connection
Zhaghzhagh The chattering of teeth from the cold or from rage Tamil adverse action physical
Abquatulate To leave without saying goodbye English action

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