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12 Quirky Words That Don’t Have An English Translation — but Totally Should

These wonderful words from all over the world have no direct English translation or equivalent, but oh how we wish they did.

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Tingo

To borrow objects one by one from a neighbor’s house until there is nothing left. (Pascuense language of Easter Island) We can predict where you grew up based on how you say these 9 words.

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Duende

A climactic show of spirit such as in flamenco dancing or bull-fighting. (Spanish)

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Forelsket

Not just love; the euphoria you feel when you first fall in love. (Norwegian) These 6 other love words have no English equivalent as well!

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Gigil

Pronounced "gheegle", it's the urge to pinch or squeeze something that is unbearably cute. (Filipino) Here are 10 trendy words you use in everyday conversations but don't actually know what it means.

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Ilunga

A person who is ready to forgive any abuse for the first time, to tolerate it a second time, but never a third time. (Tshiluba, Congo)

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L’esprit de l’escalier

Usually translated as “staircase wit,” it is the act of thinking of a clever comeback when it is too late to deliver it. (French) You'll be surprised to learn which 22 words originated in the military.

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Litost

A state of torment created by the sudden sight of one’s own misery. (Czech) These 9 funny words will improve your vocabulary in a day!

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Nunchi

The subtle art of listening and gauging another’s mood. Knowing what to say or do, or what not to say or do, in a given situation. (Korean) Don't miss these 10 words that make you sound old.

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Pena Ajena

The embarrassment you feel watching someone else’s humiliation (Spanish). Avoid these overused words when writing! 

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Pochemuchka

A person who asks a lot of questions. (Russian) Check out the silly words Merriam-Webster added to their dictionary!

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