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s.Lee + OLiViA
Apr 16 '12

words without English equivalents (via Mental Floss):

Yuputka (Ulwa) - The phantom sensation of something crawling on your skin.

Iktsuarpok (Inuit) - That feeling of anticipation when you’re waiting for someone to show up at your house and you keep going outside to see if they’re there yet

Vybafnout (Czech) - To jump out and say boo.

Mencolek (Indonesian) - That old trick where you tap someone lightly on the opposite shoulder from behind to fool them

Kummerspeck (German) Excess weight gained from emotional overeating. Literally, grief bacon.

Shemomedjamo (Georgian) This word means, “I accidentally ate the whole thing.”

Rhwe (Tsonga, South Africa) - To sleep on the floor without a mat, while drunk and naked.”

Pålegg (Norweigian)a non-specific descriptor for anything you might consider putting into a sandwich.

Tartle (Scots)The nearly onomatopoeic word for that panicky hesitation just before you have to introduce someone whose name you can’t quite remember.

Mamihlapinatapai (Yaghan language of Tierra del Fuego)
This word captures that special look shared between two people, when both are wishing that the other would do something that they both want, but neither want to do.

Fremdschämen (German); Myötähäpeä (Finnish) - Something akin to “vicarious embarrassment.” Or, in other words, that-feeling-you-get-when-you-watch-Meet the Parents.

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