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Kabelsalat (German) – Too many crossed wires. Literally, “a salad of cables.”
Kyoikumama (Japanese) – A mother who relentlessly pushes her children toward academic achievement.
Cwtch (Welsh) – A hug, cuddle or snuggle. But more than that: it also means the feeling of a safe place or home that the hug/cuddle/snuggle gives. (via Lesley Ingram)
Tushka (Ukrainian) – Literally, “the body of a dead animal”. Used of an elected official who has changed his political affiliation.
Saudade (Portuguese) – The feeling of longing for something or someone who you love and which is lost. (via Luisa, Cristina Leston-Bandeira, and many more!)
Dépaysement (French) – The feeling that comes from not being in one’s home country.
Friolero/a: (Spanish) A person who is especially sensitive to cold weather and temperatures. (A lot like our regional adjective Nesh).
Poptjie Patu (Suriname creole): Imaginary cooking while playing house. “Poptjie” means “doll”, and “patu” means “pan”. (via Chantal)
Tsundoku (Japanese) – The act of leaving a book unread after buying it, typically piling it up together with other such unread books.
Jayus (Indonesian) – A joke so poorly-told and so unfunny that one cannot help but laugh.
Torschlusspanik (German) – The fear of diminishing opportunities as one ages – literaly translated it means “gate-closing panic”
Snorker (early English) – One who gets into others people's business.
Startijenn (Breton) – A kick of energy, like putting fuel in your engine. It also denotes strength in the face of adversity. (via CT)
Xinku (Mandarin) – Thanking someone while acknowledging their hard work (similar to the Turkish phrase kolay gelsin).
Toska (Russian) – A great spiritual anguish, usually without any cause or condition. Vladmir Nabokov describes it as “a dull ache of the soul, a longing with nothing to long for, a sick pining, a vague restlessness, mental throes, yearning.”
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