Friday, November 5, 2010

Untranslatable Words

Here's a funny little link I found with some untranslatable words from different languages, and explanations of what they mean. I hope you enjoy it!


  1. There's something funny about the title of that. A list of untranslatable words — with accompanying translations. I suppose "not succinctly translatable" ruins the flow of the prose. :)

    Squamish, a Salish language spoken in British Columbia, has a verb that means something like "to exit your house to investigate a commotion" (alas, I cannot remember the word itself). That always struck me as a useful word to have.

  2. True, Wm. Still fun, though. I like the idea of your Squamish word... let me know if you remember what the word was!