| John the OFM ||29 Sep 2014 7:22 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.
| T Callahan ||29 Sep 2014 8:00 a.m. PST|
One of my favorites is "Kvetch"
|TNE2300||29 Sep 2014 8:02 a.m. PST|
a state of life that calls for another way of living.
|Coelacanth ||29 Sep 2014 8:19 a.m. PST|
Élan (French): n. Impetuous ardour
|MahanMan ||29 Sep 2014 8:20 a.m. PST|
Schadenfreude. Trust German to come up with a word for emotional pleasure in the pain of others.
| Tacitus ||29 Sep 2014 8:50 a.m. PST|
Komorebi (sunlight that filters through the trees), should have an English equivalent. It's a very evocative idea.
| Doms Decals ||29 Sep 2014 8:55 a.m. PST|
I always regret not learning French. Such is life….
|Maddaz111 ||29 Sep 2014 9:04 a.m. PST|
(and a lot more besides)
| Parzival ||29 Sep 2014 9:44 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.
| John the OFM ||29 Sep 2014 10:04 a.m. PST|
Maddaz, in those cases, the English language simply steals the words and does not acknowledge any foreign roots.
| Patrick R ||29 Sep 2014 10:05 a.m. PST|
| Parzival ||29 Sep 2014 10:34 a.m. PST|
In English, Patrick, that is conveyed by the word "Duuuude…"
|Dn Jackson||30 Sep 2014 2:53 a.m. PST|
Ya'll – Southern
Addressing either a single person or a group of people.
|Cerdic ||30 Sep 2014 7:40 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 Hussar||26 Oct 2014 1:36 p.m. PST|
You wearing your khaki pyjamas then, Cerdic?