This is a condensed version of the original article, “35 Amazing Foreign Words that Don’t Exist in English” at https://baselang.com/blog/vocabulary/35-words-not-in-english/.
It’s that delicious moment when you’ve finished dinner but the conversation (and probably the wine) is still flowing.
The excited anticipation that compels you to keep going outside to see if something or someone you’re expecting has arrived.
Pelinti (Buli, Ghana)
To move hot food around in your mouth.
Literally “grief bacon,” the extra pounds you put on from overeating caused by stress or grief.
Shemomedjamo (Georgian—Europe, not US)
Usually translated “I accidentally ate the whole thing.” You’re really full but can’t stop eating.
That horrible feeling you get when you introduce someone and can’t remember their name.
When you tap someone on the opposite shoulder to get them to look the wrong way.
The act of want to pinch something irresistible cute (like a baby’s cheek).
It means to jump out at someone and yell “Boo!”
It’s the experience of seeing something that looks good far away but really bad close up.
It means seeing a woman who looks beautiful from behind, but not from the front.
“May you bury me.” It’s a declaration you want to die before someone else because you love them so much and can’t stand to live without them.
Cafune (Brazilian Portuguese)
“Tenderly running your fingers through your lover’s hair.”
What words would you add?
Adrian writes for the baselang.com blog.