By some estimates, there are around 170,000 words in current use in the English language. The latest, twenty-volume edition of the Oxford English Dictionary records 171,476 words in current use, with 47,156 outdated words, and countless techinal terms, neologisms, and common words borrowed from other languages.
And yet, there are still those ideas that you wanna express, and simply can’t find the right term…cause it doesn’t exist. In English, at least.
But other languages have all kinds of interesting concepts and vocab words for things you just need to descibe. These terms don’t have an English equivalent, but after reading this list, you’ll sure wish they did. Words like:
Age-otori (Japanese): To look worse after a haircut
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
Taarradhin (Arabic): implies a happy solution for everyone, or “I win. You win.” It’s a way of reconciling without anyone losing face. Arabic has no word for “compromise,” in the sense of reaching an arrangement via struggle and disagreement
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