Christin Lola/ShutterstockSiblings with little bros across the globe can probably relate to the Russian word for brother: brat (or брат), which derives from Latin words for brothers and pals. In English, brat and its meaning have slang origins related to child beggars wearing torn cloaks. Poor little brats! Here are common words that you'll only find in English.
European languages love the word fart, but not in the same exact way as English speakers. In Norwegian, Danish, and Swedish, fart is the word for speed or moving objects. If you see I Fart in Denmark, it means the elevator is in use. Fartplan means schedule, and road signs say Fart-kontrol. The variation fahrt means a journey or drive in Germany. Have a safe journey! Or Gute Fahrt! Check out these 12 quirky words that don't have an English translation (but totally should).
ArtFamily/ShutterstockIn Scandinavia, the word gift has two meanings. The first one means getting married, which makes sense because it derives from Old English words for wedding gifts or dowries. The second meaning is a little less celebratory. Gift is the word for poison in German, as well as Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish. It probably derives from an archaic verb form meaning to give—because what is poison for if not to give to someone? What a gift! Don't miss 14 of the hardest words to pronounce in the English language.
Franco62/ShutterstockThe next time you're in Romania, don't call anything crap unless you want someone to hand you a fish sandwich. In Romania, they did the old switcheroo on the letters a and r, so carp, the fish, became crap. Just a little less appetizing for English speakers. Learn about 15 other common words that used to have totally different meanings.
ballphotographer/ShutterstockMist has such delicate and dewy connotations in English. The word signals all things gentle and ephemeral, but it has the opposite meaning in Germany, where it's the word for manure, dung, and general garbage. You can also curse with it. Mist! Easy to get away with around English speakers.
LightField Studios/ShutterstockIn English, kiss comes from Old English variants of kyss or kussen, which means to kiss or touch with lips. They still spell it with a y in Sweden. However, when its spelled with an i over there, kiss can translate to another common noun that has absolutely nothing to do with kissing: urine. Find out which 12 surprisingly offensive words you should really stop saying.
ThamKC/ShutterstockWhat's lovelier than a blanket of freshly fallen snow? Or as peaceful as snow-capped mountains? Don't get your lines crossed with the words for ice, snow, and snowfall in Hindi, Urdu, and Farsi, respectively. Because they use the word barf for snow. Do you wanna build a barfman? Check out the surprising origins of common slang words.
FabrikaSimf/ShutterstockThings can get extra wacky when it comes to anatomical terms in other languages. For instance, in France you say bite (pronounced like beat) for penis. And in Hungary, you say koki, pronounced like cookie, if you're referring to a small penis. Check out these words that mean very different things in England and America.
Amallia Eka/ShutterstockIt's probably pronounced more like seolsa, but in American phonetics, salsa sounds a lot like the Korean word for something totally unrelated to deliciousness: diarrhea. In Japan, the word for diarrhea sounds like Gary. Sorry to all the Garys out there for bringing that to your attention!
If you're shopping for fresh produce in Turkey, be careful when you ask for peaches. Your request might be confused for something that won't be good for your peach cobbler recipe. Piç, which sounds like pitch if it's said quickly, is the Turkish word for an illegitimate child. Don't miss the reason why some English words have silent letters.