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  • An amusing story, and I like the word ilunga assuming it has been correctly rendered and translated, which may be a rash assumption.

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  • The world's most difficult word to translate has been identified as "ilunga" ... posted by Sally 10: 17 PM | who are the recipients of this year's presidential medal of freedom, alex?

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  • Faithful correspondent Andrew Krug sent me a link to a BBC story by Oliver Conway claiming that:The world's most difficult word to translate has been identified as "ilunga" from the Tshiluba language spoken in south-eastern DR Congo.

    languagehat.com: THE MOST UNTRANSLATABLE WORD.

  • But i've never indulged in selathirupavar, and so, shaddup, pochemuchka. i mean, i am an ilunga, but don't push it.

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  • The hardest word is ilunga, from the Congo, meaning “a person who is ready to forgive any abuse for the first time, to tolerate it a second time, but never a third time.”

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  • BIG gamble, but I'm right behind Zola and clarke and nani on this one, after Behrami and ilunga.

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  • Hopefully things will turn round for you quickly, I would much prefer you coming to WHL rather than teams like Swansea & Norwich, no offence meant to those 2 teams but WH are a bigger team and the atmosphere when we play you is always a ripper! i though tomkins, taylor and piq played well, ilunga pumped the long ball way too much, but overall, not too bad a display and if you had scored early, would have been different game, but obviously not scoring is an issue. think over 40-odd games you will be fine.

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  • Ilunga: (Tshiluba, Congo) A person who is ready to forgive any abuse for the first time, to tolerate it a second time, but never a third time.

    April 24, 2011

  • I love that one word can encompass this whole concept.

    December 5, 2008

  • What happens on the third time? Thumb is jerked and the friend trudges off toward the dugout?

    December 5, 2008

  • a person who is ready to forgive any abuse for the first time; to tolerate it a second time; but never a third time. (from Tshiluba, a Bantu language spoken in south-eastern Congo and in Zaire).

    December 5, 2008