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Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP29 Sep 2014 6:22 a.m. PST


My favorite is:

Akihi (Hawaiian): n. Listening to directions and then walking off and promptly forgetting them means that you've gone "akihi."

The reason I do not listen to directions is because I am incapable of remembering them, let alone following them. grin

Personal logo T Callahan Supporting Member of TMP29 Sep 2014 7:00 a.m. PST

One of my favorites is "Kvetch"

TNE230029 Sep 2014 7:02 a.m. PST


hopi indian

a state of life that calls for another way of living.

Coelacanth29 Sep 2014 7:19 a.m. PST

Élan (French): n. Impetuous ardour

MahanMan Inactive Member29 Sep 2014 7:20 a.m. PST

Schadenfreude. Trust German to come up with a word for emotional pleasure in the pain of others. wink

Personal logo Tacitus Supporting Member of TMP29 Sep 2014 7:50 a.m. PST

Komorebi (sunlight that filters through the trees), should have an English equivalent. It's a very evocative idea.

Personal logo Doms Decals Sponsoring Member of TMP Inactive Member29 Sep 2014 7:55 a.m. PST

I always regret not learning French. Such is life….

Maddaz111 Inactive Member29 Sep 2014 8:04 a.m. PST







(and a lot more besides)

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP29 Sep 2014 8:44 a.m. PST

Mangata (Swedish): n. The road-like reflection of the moon in the water

Actually, there is an English word for the above. It's moonglade, which is a particularly lovely image in its own right.

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP29 Sep 2014 9:04 a.m. PST

Maddaz, in those cases, the English language simply steals the words and does not acknowledge any foreign roots.

Personal logo Patrick R Supporting Member of TMP29 Sep 2014 9:05 a.m. PST


Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP29 Sep 2014 9:34 a.m. PST

In English, Patrick, that is conveyed by the word "Duuuude…"


Dn Jackson30 Sep 2014 1:53 a.m. PST

Ya'll – Southern

Addressing either a single person or a group of people.

Cerdic Supporting Member of TMP30 Sep 2014 6:40 a.m. PST

See, this is the beauty of the English language. If a word doesn't exist just find one from another language and steal it! None of that 'purity' nonsense that certain other languages go in for!

The British spent the best part of 300 years travelling the globe and going "that's a great word, let's nick it!" Some may say we haven't stopped yet. Only humble backpackers, eh?

Last Hussar26 Oct 2014 12:36 p.m. PST

You wearing your khaki pyjamas then, Cerdic?

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