Words That Don't Translate

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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Załatwić To make something which is very complicated somehow simpler in an entrepreneurial and cheeky way Polish creative action
Débrouillardise Quality of someone who is resourceful and lives with the ability to creatively improvise; someone who can make do and solve problems without much French creative
Kombinować to conspire/try to resolve a problem with unusual methods or through connections Polish creative action
Débrouille May be synonymous with resourceful, but it is more of a way of living by making do with little and improvising with what you have French creative
Ukiyo The floating world - living in the moment, detached from the bothers of life Japanese creative visual art
Chindogu A person seemingly inventing ingenious everyday gadgets that seem like an ideal solution to a particular problem, but are in fact nothing more than a useless gag Japanese creative funny
Zuihitsu (随筆) Literally, “running brush”. A genre of Japanese literature; authors write what’s top of mind and follow their random thoughts. The genre is more personal than performative and gives the reader an intimate look at the inner workings of the writer’s mind. Japanese writing creative
Neko-neko Someone that has a novel idea that only makes things worse Indonesian funny creative
Gambiarra A very poor or ugly but effective solution for a problem; to use improvised methods / solutions to solve a problem, with any avaiable material Portuguese creative
Capricho Work done with care in a way that surpass quality expectations. Portuguese work creative
Qiang jingtou The fight by a cameraman to get a better vantage point Chinese creative art visual
Schnapsidee An idea so stupid the person must have thought of it while drunk German funny thinking creative

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