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- adj. Not able to be translated.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not capable of being translated; also, not fit to be translated.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. not capable of being put into another form or style or language
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The Kalakistan Fragment, supposedly untranslatable, is thought to detail the life of Gung the Magnificent who nearly conquered the world in 1932 B.C. using “supernatural powers derived from a fabulous melon-size jewel.”
“Kayf” is a word untranslatable in our mother-tongue!
Besides, many authors consider a word untranslatable when there isn't an exact one-word equivalent.
Because he can find no noisy, clattering, dish-smashing restaurant, full of acrobatic waiters racing and balancing under immense piles of plates, and shouting jargon untranslatable, unintelligible and unpronounceable down into the lower kitchen, he cannot, cannot eat.
But after an evening flipping through them, I've begun to think of them as "so-called untranslatable words," because one way or another, they can all be translated.
However, Lanugage Log and Languagehat, guys with a lot more linguistic expertise than I have, advise to take the information in books of "untranslatable" words with a grain of salt.
I think I would add Kosztolanyi to the list of 'untranslatable' authors.
The title "is a combination of two more or less 'untranslatable' words: lagom (just enough, just right) and duktig (clever, smart)."
[Footnote 1: Every now and then one comes across a German word untranslatable in its compact volume of expressiveness.
Instead, one of the officials handed me a jacket and pants with Day-Glo detailing in size extra-large, which sent Galina off on a stream of untranslatable and unprintable insults.