Ever found yourself in a situation that there is no English words to describe the moment? Well I found some foreign ones that can help retell the moment.
The nearly onomatopoeic word for that panicky hesitation just before you have to introduce someone whose name you can’t quite remember. (This happens to me often, finally have a word for it).
A face badly in need of a fist. (Sound familiar?)
7. Pelinti (Buli, Ghana)
Your friend bites into a piece of piping hot pizza, then opens his mouth and sort of tilts his head around while making an “aaaarrrahh” noise. The Ghanaians have a word for that. More specifically, it means “to move hot food around in your mouth.”
To make a squeaking sound by sucking air past the lips in order to gain the attention of a dog or child.
The urge to pinch or squeeze something that is irresistibly cute.
A word made for walking in the woods at night, it’s the phantom sensation of something crawling on your skin.
The chattering of teeth from the cold or from rage.
Maybe Goldilocks was Swedish? This slippery little word is hard to define, but means something like, “Not too much, and not too little, but juuuuust right.”
Sandwich Artists unite! The Norwegians have a non-specific descriptor for anything – ham, cheese, jam, Nutella, mustard, herring, pickles, Doritos, you name it – you might consider putting into a sandwich. (Very useful word to know)
Remember in Clueless when Cher describes someone as “a full-on Monet…from far away, it’s OK, but up close it’s a big old mess”? That’s exactly what this word means.
Coffee shop dwellers who sit at tables a long time but spend little money.
21. Ya’arburnee (Arabic)
This word is the hopeful declaration that you will die before someone you love deeply, because you cannot stand to live without them. Literally, may you bury me.
Pana Po’o (Hawaiian)
“Hmm, now where did I leave those keys?” he said, pana po’oing. It means to scratch your head in order to help you remember something you’ve forgotten.
It means “the day after tomorrow.” OK, we do have “overmorrow” in English, but when was the last time someone used that?
Cafune (Brazilian Portuguese)
Leave it to the Brazilians to come up with a word for “tenderly running your fingers through your lover’s hair.”
You know that woman who stands on her doorstep (or in line at the supermarket, or at the park, or in a restaurant) cursing at her children? The Danes know her, too.
If you want to see the complete list go to http://mentalfloss.com/article/50698/38-wonderful-foreign-words-we-could-use-english