Thursday, November 8, 2007

weird and wonderful foreign phrases

English is a rich and wonderful language - but sometimes it's just not good enough. For example, have you ever searched around in vain for a word to describe someone who gets excited by eating garlic? Or wondered why there isn't a nice pithy term for a person who is only attractive if they're standing quite far away?

Other languages do have such words. Some examples:

Hira Hira - Japanese: the feeling you get when you walk into a dark and decrepit old house in the middle of the night.

Dona - Chile: to take lice from a person's head and squash between one's teeth.

Baffona - Italian: an attractive moustachioed woman.

Poronkusema - Finnish: the distance equal to how far a reindeer can travel without a comfort break.


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