English is a weird mish-mash of languages from different cultures, and has had several evolutions, which can be found in literature like “Beowulf” (Old English) and “The Canterbury Tales” (Middle English). English was basically created by different groups (like the Vikings) invading other countries, and picking up words here and there. However, for all English has “borrowed” from French, German, and others, there are some words we never around to translating. I guess we’re too busy creating new words of our own, like “bromance” and “jeggings.” Here are some words in other languages we should work on including in the English lexicon:
● “Faamiti” – Samoan
This word refers to the squeaking noise you make when trying to get the attention of a child or a dog. I’m guessing this doesn’t apply to cats, because there’s no noise that will get the attention of the aloof feline.
● “Kummerspeck” – German
The weight a person gains when they’re eating their emotions. Like many German words, this is a combination of two existing words, specifically, “grief,” and “bacon.”
● “Tsundoku” – Japanese
Refers to when you buy a new book, but instead of reading it, you leave it with the other books in your house that you haven’t read. I could definitely use this word in my daily life.
● “Seigneur-terraces” – French
People who sit at coffee shops for forever, but don’t spend very much money.
● “Cafune” – Portuguese
When you run your fingers through your lover’s hair.
● “Cavoli riscaldati” – Italian
This describes when you try to give an old relationship another try. It literally means “reheated cabbage,” which is significantly less romantic that what it sounds like in Italian.
● “Tartle” – Scottish
When you’re talking to someone you’ve been introduced to already, but you forget their name. It can apply to anything that seems familiar to you, but you can’t quite remember what that thing is.
I saved the best for last. This is probably one of the most famous “untranslatable” words. It means to gain pleasure from the pain of others, so basically, the entire premise of the “Jackass” franchise.