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pspealman commented on the list scandal-icious
A word which sounds like - but is not - a coy euphemism for something scandal-icious.
March 10, 2009
pspealman commented on the word ningunear
Spanish. Literally, to un-body somebody. The sentiment is best understood in Enlgish as to make one a non-entity by disrespect.
December 8, 2008
pspealman commented on the word bdellium
It may be a gum. The word comes from the King James Bible where the corresponding word in Hebrew is בדלח (ḇəd�?lah) - but this is only used twice in the bible and occurs no where else but there.
The kicker is that bible scholars have offered arguments that it referrers to many things - but no one can say definitively what it is. Since the definition is lost but the word is still in use it is an ultimately unstranslatable word.
pspealman commented on the word ajdukiewics
From Philosophical Lexicon.
A term that is untranslatable, except in a language which is an exact copy of the language in which the term appears.
Based on Kazimierz Ajdukiewicz.
December 7, 2008
pspealman commented on the word näe, nu går fan på torra land
Swedish. Literally, "Oh no, the devil is walking on dry ground!". The actual usage though is as an exclamation of surprise.
Thanks to pondpond for this.
pspealman commented on the word baffona
Italian. The word for an attractively mustachioed lady.
pspealman commented on the word faccio la scarpetta
Quite right bilby, this variation is in the "I" tense, "I make little shoes". The other version seems more prevalent (internet wise) - but isn't what I know.
In hindsight, I guess I sound vaguely deficient of mind to any Italians when I go out to eat.
pspealman commented on the word fare la scarpetta
Italian. Used to describe the activity of cleaning one's food off one's plate with a bit of bread. Literally it is, "to make with little shoes".
pspealman commented on the word kaelling
Oops, dropped the "danish" - sorry about that.
pspealman commented on the word polked
What is "to do an eleventh President (of the U.S.) to someone?"
Quite rude when "Manifest Destiny" encounters her "Mexican Territories".
pspealman commented on the word iktsuarpok
Legend has it they have over twenty words to describe the various ways of waiting outside in the weather while the host puts off their iktsuarpok-ing duties.
pspealman commented on the word honne
Japanese. When one inwardly holds a belief they consider true but outwardly projects another belief because of the social disfavor for the former. Similar to a toned down version of heretic when crossed with liar. Additionally, it has the connotation of proper behavior.
pspealman commented on the word radioustukacz
Polish. The term for a person who worked as a telegraphist for the resistance movements on the Soviet side of the Iron Curtain.
pspealman commented on the word pajero
Spanish. The name comes from a feline of Pampas plains in Argentina and was chosen as the name for a line of Mitsubishi SUVs.
It has the common usage, however, as something like 'to masturbate lazily'.
pspealman commented on the word lagom
A Finnish term with no exact parallel in English but which is best approximated by the idea of an amount of something which is just right for what is needed. A equivalent of 'not too much, nor too little' achievement.
pspealman commented on the word pipote
Spanish, the literal translation is 'big sunflower seed' but that isn't how it is used.
pspealman commented on the word esprit de i'escalier
You are quite right - the slip of an i where an l was intended.
pspealman commented on the word bablat
A acronym of the Hebrew phrase "beelbool beytseem le-lo takhleet" which translates literally as "bothering someone's testicles for no reason".
The usage of the term is similar to the English use of 'baloney' to connote a lie of certain incredulity.
A literal translation for the type of woman who stands on her doorstep yelling obscenities at her kids.
The actual usage of the term is less kind.
pspealman commented on the word пошло�?ть
Vladimir Nabokov claimed this was the hardest of Russian terms to translate as it means both common, vulgar, and banal.
pspealman commented on the word cafune
From Brazilian Portuguese. Used to describe running one’s fingers through someones hair in a tender, loving, fashion.
Inuit term for going outside to see if anyone is coming or has already arrived.
pspealman commented on the word kyoikumama
From Japanese. Word for a mother who pushes her children toward academic achievement relentlessly.
pspealman commented on the word prozvonit
A word from Czech. It is the wonderfully mischievous use of a cell phone to call someone only to hang up before they pick up the line. The intention, instead of being a nuisance, being to signal them without being charged for the call.
pspealman commented on the word taarradhin
An Arabic word used to work around the lacuna for 'compromise' - a word for word translation puts it as 'I win, you win'.
pspealman commented on the word guanxi
According to Christopher J. Moore - this word also has connotations similar to the Mafia's use of 'favors'. One can accumulate guanxi and spend guanxi like social currency.
pspealman commented on the word underflow
Ye olde bit box slang for a call to a empty buffer.
October 26, 2008
pspealman commented on the word phlebitis
I originally spotted this one in my Compact Spanish Translation Dictionary ... coincidentally my actual dictionary lacks it.
Is it in the Spanish dictionary because of a need for me to know it, is it a common characteristic to Spanish speaking people? One day you speak too many double L's as Y's and that vein on the leg just goes nuts?
October 1, 2008
pspealman commented on the word umwelt
A term for one's 'lived experience' - similar to a world view but including elements which are wholly subjective and beyond communication.
pspealman commented on the word ambustrade
An ambush of a military type. I first found it in Lattimore's translation of the Iliad.
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sionnach commented on the user pspealman
Welcome to wordie! Excellent lists. I especially like Angela's rashes, which also appears on the 'Change one Letter' list.
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