15 Wonderful Words With No English Equivalent
The Global Language Monitor estimates that there are currently 1,009,753 words in the English language. Despite this large lexicon, many nuances of human experience still leave us tongue-tied. And that’s why sometimes it’s necessary to turn to other languages to find le mot juste . Here are fifteen foreign words with no direct English equivalent. 1. Zhaghzhagh (Persian) The chattering of teeth from the cold or from rage. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. A word that would aptly describe the prevailing fashion trend among American men under 40, it means one who wears the shirt tail outside of his trousers. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Many of the words above can be found in BBC researcher Adam Jacot de Boinod's book ' The Meaning of Tingo and Other Extraordinary Words from Around the World.'
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