Language has always been a curiously complex phenomenon. While Eskimos have 100 different words for snow we still struggle to find the right vocabulary to express love in our own tongues.
The list of words that can’t be deciphered from one vernacular to another are outstandingly beautiful. Here are 11 untranslatable word you didn’t know existed:
The mark left on a table by a cold glass.
Language of Origin: Italian
The feeling that comes from not being in one’s home country.
Language of Origin: French
The transporting suspension of disbelief that can occur; i.e in good storytelling.
Language of Origin: Urdu
The feeling of anticipation that leads you to keep looking outside to see if anyone is coming.
Language of Origin: Inuit
A joke told so poorly and so unfunny that one cannot help but laugh.
Language of Origin: Indonesian
Sunlight that filters through the leaves of trees.
Language of Origin: Japanese
7. Pana Po’o
The act of scratching your head in order to help you remember something you have forgotten.
Language of Origin: Hawaiian
A person who asks a lot of questions.
Language of Origin: Russian
The time spent after lunch or dinner, talking to the people you shared the meal with.
Language of Origin: Spanish
The feeling of being alone in the woods.
Language of Origin: German
The road like reflection of the moon on the water.
Language of Origin: Swedish
Question of the Day:
What’s your favorite untranslatable word?
Leave your favorites in the comments below!