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August 03, 2012

Expand your vocabulary

From MentalFloss

15 Wonderful Words With No English Equivalent

The Global Language Monitor estimates that there are currently 1,009,753 words in the English language. Despite this large lexicon, many nuances of human experience still leave us tongue-tied. And that's why sometimes it's necessary to turn to other languages to find le mot juste. Here are fifteen foreign words with no direct English equivalent.

1. Zhaghzhagh (Persian)
The chattering of teeth from the cold or from rage.

2. Yuputka (Ulwa)
A word made for walking in the woods at night, it's the phantom sensation of something crawling on your skin.

3. Slampadato (Italian)
Addicted to the UV glow of tanning salons? This word describes you."

H.T. Carol J

Update:Danilo writes, "Fantastic! I can add a portuguese word 'saudade'. It's like when you miss someone or something. You feel saudade.

Like the poet would say, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzxVBXCP1jg"

Posted by joke du jour at August 3, 2012 06:01 PM

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