Friday, October 15, 2010

Friday Words: 20 Awesomely Untranslatable Words from Around the World

There are so many situations, emotions, and ideas we have where words fail us. I love this list of 20 words that we can borrow from other languages to say what we need to express. I learned the English word from India, "prepone" a  few years ago; it means to take care of things in advance - the opposite of postpone. The words listed here are from Spanish, Japanese, Czech, and Inuit as well as Portugese, Scottish, and many others. Here are a few of my favorite.

Inuit – “To go outside to check if anyone is coming.” (
Scottish – The act of hestitating while introducing someone because you’ve forgotten their name. (
To read them all: go here.

Happy Friday! Thank you Logan Jenot for this link!


  1. Your link is broken/non-existent.

    I was curious to see the other untranslatable words, and yet the link to see them all isn't there.

    Please help/fix.

  2. Sterling, it seems to be working now. Try again?