For the Word Lovers (Like Me!): 25 Handy Words That Simply Don’t Exist In English

One thing that’s obvious about me is my love of words. So of course I was intrigued by So Bad So Good‘s list of 25 Handy Words That Simply Don’t Exist In English.

For instance:

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

Desenrascanco (Portuguese): “to disentangle” yourself out of a bad situation (To MacGyver it)

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

Mamihlapinatapai (Yaghan): A look between two people that suggests an unspoken, shared desire

Meraki (pronounced may-rah-kee; Greek): Doing something with soul, creativity, or love. It’s when you put something of yourself into what you’re doing

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

Yoko meshi (Japanese): literally ‘a meal eaten sideways,’ referring to the peculiar stress induced by speaking a foreign language

Check out the full list here.

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