Words That Don't Translate

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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Papakata To have one leg shorter than the other Māori physical
Kucir A tuft of hair left to grow on top of an otherwise bald head Indonesian physical change
Pekopeko Bowing one's head repeatedly in a grovelling manner Japanese physical action
Packesel The person who’s stuck carrying everyone else’s bags on a trip German travel physical
Muskelkater Charley horse ("muscle cat") German physical
Backpfeifengesicht A face in need of a slap German physical funny
Tuerto A man with only one eye Spanish physical
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
Calacala Children wading through water as they play Tulu family physical nature
Tinga Particles of food left between teeth Tagalog food physical
Pneúma (πνεῦμα) Wind; breath; spirit. Greek physical
Cúbóg A collection of Easter eggs Irish physical
Karelu The mark left on the skin by wearing something tight Tulu physical
Gulugulu The sound of a pitcher filling with water Tulu physical sound
Resfeber Travel fever/bug; the feeling of excitement and nervousness experienced by a traveller before undertaking a journey. Swedish travel physical
Kabelsalat Tangled up cables; literally “cable-salad" German funny physical
Abditory A place into which you can disappear; a hiding place English physical thinking
Volta During certain hours of the early evening, around dusk, everyone in the town who might feel like going for a walk takes a saunter or stroll up and down the main street Greek time physical nature
Morgenfrisk Feeling rested after a good night's sleep Danish health physical
En plein air Outdoors; in the open air. French nature physical
Lha’i rnal ‘byor (ལྷའི་རྣལ་འབྱོར) Deity meditation/yoga; an advanced practice in which one visualises interacting with, or ‘accomplishing’ (i.e., being), a deity. Tibetan awareness physical
Rubatosis The unsettling awareness of your own heartbeat English physical health awareness
Angushti za'id Someone with six fingers Russian physical
Sgriob The itchiness of the upper lip just before taking a sip of whisky Irish physical food
Gigil The urge to pinch or squeeze something that is unbearably cute Tagalog physical positive funny

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