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Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:13 PM

Backpfeifengesicht (German): A face badly in need of a fist

Tongue and Tech: The Many Emotions for Which English Has No Words

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Here, selected from the blog So Bad So Good, are some of my favorites:

Age-otori (Japanese): To look worse after a haircut

Arigata-meiwaku (Japanese): An act someone does for you that you didn't want to have them do and tried to avoid having them do, but they went ahead anyway, determined to do you a favor, and then things went wrong and caused you a lot of trouble, yet in the end social conventions required you to express gratitude

Backpfeifengesicht (German): A face badly in need of a fist

Forelsket (Norwegian): The euphoria you experience when you are first falling in love

Gigil (pronounced Gheegle; Filipino): The urge to pinch or squeeze something that is unbearably cute

Litost (Czech): A state of torment created by the sudden sight of one's own misery

Manja (Malay): "To pamper," it describes gooey, childlike, and coquettish behavior by women designed to elicit sympathy or pampering by men

Pena ajena (Mexican Spanish): The embarrassment you feel watching someone else's humiliation

Sgriob (Gaelic): The itchiness that overcomes the upper lip just before taking a sip of whisky

Tatemae and Honne (Japanese): What you pretend to believe and what you actually believe, respectively

Tingo (Pascuense language of Easter Island): To borrow objects one by one from a neighbor's house until there is nothing left

Waldeinsamkeit (German): The feeling of being alone in the woods

But my personal favorite -- only because I have occasion to use it approximately 10 times a day -- is this:

L'esprit de l'escalier (French): Usually translated as "staircase wit," the act of thinking of a clever comeback when it is too late to deliver it

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/01/tongue-and-tech-the-many-emotions-for-which-english-has-no-words/266956/

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Reply Backpfeifengesicht (German): A face badly in need of a fist (Original post)
Liberal_in_LA Jan 2013 OP
NYC_SKP Jan 2013 #1
Earth_First Jan 2013 #3
Canuckistanian Jan 2013 #7
Scuba Jan 2013 #2
mostlyalurker Jan 2013 #11
ms liberty Jan 2013 #4
niyad Jan 2013 #5
JaneyVee Jan 2013 #6
BlancheSplanchnik Jan 2013 #8
littlemissmartypants Jan 2013 #9
Liberal_in_LA Jan 2013 #18
Unknown Beatle Jan 2013 #10
zeemike Jan 2013 #12
byronius Jan 2013 #13
mckara Jan 2013 #14
Hekate Jan 2013 #15
awoke_in_2003 Jan 2013 #16
blogslut Jan 2013 #17

Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:22 PM

1. Make up your own: "Limbaughenarsch"

And ass seriously in need of a kicking.

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:32 PM

3. FTW!

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:57 PM

7. OReillyiste

Being an opinionated asshole while feigning objectivity

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:31 PM

2. The language spoken in the Philippines is Tagalog, not Filipino.

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Response to Scuba (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 11:26 PM

11. If you want to get technical

The languages spoken in the Philippines are Illicano, Vasian, Tagalog and many others.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:42 PM

4. KR&B...I love stuff like this! Thanks for posting! n/t

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:43 PM

5. my newest favourite word, which I will be using a great deal

Backpfeifengesicht (German): A face badly in need of a fist

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:51 PM

6. K&R! As someone that is quadrilingual I appreciate this post!

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 10:42 PM

8. we do have a word for that blissful euphoria in the beginning of fallinv in love:

"Limerance"

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 11:12 PM

9. Loopenslaiba...

The drool found hanging from the lips of Saint Bernard puppies.

Dog Language, loose translation.

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Reply #9)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 12:47 PM

18. ewwww. Glad I have cats.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 11:14 PM

10. bushentcheney

A war criminal

bushentcheneyest: Crimes against humanity

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 11:26 PM

12. Arigata-meiwaku is number one.

Cause that is a whole Jerry Seinfeld show right there in those two words.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 11:38 PM

13. Best post ever.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 11:58 PM

14. Excellent!

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 12:08 AM

15. I wish I could remember the Japanese for...

... being so frustrated that your teeth itch! One of my old college friends had a Japanese mama and occasionally would pop out with some very funny phrases. That was one of them.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 01:15 AM

16. I need to run this by...

my German coworker. We may now have a secret way to talk about management

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 01:20 AM

17. L'esprit de l'escalier is my favorite too.

The wisdom at the bottom of the stairs. Tragically beautiful. EDIT ADD: I've also seen it called "the spirit of the stairs".

Thanks for the link

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