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Weird Things We Don’t Have Words for in English

According to the “Oxford English Dictionary” there are at least 171,000 words in the English language. But we don’t have a word for everything.


Here are eight weird things other countries have words for, but we don’t:

  1. Utepils. It’s Norwegian for “outside beer.” It’s when you have a drink while enjoying the outdoors.
  2. Sobremesa. It’s a Spanish word that means “over the table.” It’s when you sit and keep talking after dinner’s over.
  3. Engili. In parts of India, it’s a term for food that someone’s already taken a bite out of.
  4. Shemomedjamo. In the country of Georgia, it’s a word for when you’re full, but keep eating anyway. They also have a much shorter way of saying “day after tomorrow.” The word for it is “zeg.”
  5. Kummerspeck. It’s a German word that literally means “grief bacon.” It’s when you overeat because you’re sad about something.
  6. Kalsarikännit. It’s Finnish. It’s when you get drunk alone at home in your underwear, with no plans to go anywhere or do anything.
  7. Pelinti. In Ghana, it’s the word for when you bite into something really hot, and have to move it around in your mouth so it doesn’t burn you.
  8. Tartle. It’s a Scottish word for when you want to introduce someone, but hesitate because you can’t remember their name.

Read more at The Week.

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