20 more awesomely untranslatable words from around the world If only you could use these words in Scrabble. Photo: Jeremy Mates When linguists refer to “untranslatable” words, the idea is not that a word cannot somehow be explained in another language, but that part of the essence of the word is lost as it crosses from one language to another. In the novel Shame, Salman Rushdie’s narrator suggests: “To unlock a society, look at its untranslatable words.” Here are 20 words that don’t translate directly into English; what may these words tell us about the societies in which they come from? 1. Arabic – [in-shal-la] While it can be translated literally as “if Allah wills,” the meaning of this phrase differs depending on the speaker’s tone of voice. It can be a genuine sentiment, such as when talking to an old friend and parting with “We’ll meet again, inshallah,” or it can be used as a way to tacitly imply you actually aren’t planning to do something. Photo: Shahram Sharif 2. 3. 4. 5. Photo: Ethan Prater 6. 7. 8. 9. A sample from The Joys of Yiddish: 10.
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Solar System Scope The Top 10 Relationship Words That Aren't Translatable Into English | Marriage 3.0 Here are my top ten words, compiled from online collections, to describe love, desire and relationships that have no real English translation, but that capture subtle realities that even we English speakers have felt once or twice. As I came across these words I’d have the occasional epiphany: “Oh yeah! That’s what I was feeling...” Mamihlapinatapei (Yagan, an indigenous language of Tierra del Fuego): The wordless yet meaningful look shared by two people who desire to initiate something, but are both reluctant to start. Oh yes, this is an exquisite word, compressing a thrilling and scary relationship moment. Yuanfen (Chinese): A relationship by fate or destiny. From what I glean, in common usage yuanfen means the "binding force" that links two people together in any relationship. But interestingly, “fate” isn’t the same thing as “destiny.” Cafuné (Brazilian Portuguese): The act of tenderly running your fingers through someone's hair. Ya’aburnee (Arabic): “You bury me.”
Wabi-Sabi: Translating the Beauty in Imperfection Wabi-sabi. It’s a concept, an aesthetic, and a worldview. It’s also a phrase that doesn’t translate directly from Japanese into English, and the ideas behind it may not immediately translate in the minds of those who haven’t encountered it before. Put simply, it’s an intuitive way of living that emphasizes finding beauty in imperfection, and accepting the natural cycle of growth and decay. The best way to learn about wabi-sabi is just to accept that it’s there – and to begin noticing examples of it in one’s daily life. The words wabi and sabi were not always linked, and they can still be used separately in the Japanese language. Sabi by itself refers to the natural progression of time, and carries with it an understanding that all things will grow old and become less conventionally beautiful. The tea ceremony itself is an example of how wabi-sabi manifests itself in Japanese culture. “What Wabi Sabi does is to place these haikus within the context of a larger tale.
— Scobleizer I keep hearing people throw around the word “curation” at various conferences, most recently at SXSW. The thing is most of the time when I dig into what they are saying they usually have no clue about what curation really is or how it could be applied to the real-time world. So, over the past few months I’ve been talking to tons of entrepreneurs about the tools that curators actually need and I’ve identified seven things. But NONE of the real time tools/systems like Google Buzz, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, give curators the tools that they need to do their work efficiently. As you read these things they were ordered (curated) in this order for a reason. This is a guide for how we can build “info molecules” that have a lot more value than the atomic world we live in now. Thousands of these atoms flow across our screens in tools like Seesmic, Google Reader, Tweetdeck, Tweetie, Simply Tweet, Twitroid, etc. A curator is an information chemist. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 1. 1.
Dead Media Archive Listen and Write - Dictation An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments - How We Will Read: Maria Popova This post is part of “How We Will Read,” an interview series exploring the future of books from the perspectives of publishers, writers, and intellectuals. Read our kickoff post with Steven Johnson here. And check out our new homepage, a captivating new way to explore Findings. This week we were extraordinarily lucky to get some of the precious time of Maria Popova, the Internet’s most awesome curator. Maria is best known for her site Brainpickings, in which she and her co-curators find the most interesting stuff on the web, consistently — typically, what is the most beautiful, inspiring, and poignant. How do you do most of your reading and annotating these days? I prefer digital — Kindle on iPad is my weapon of choice. That said, I read a lot of old books, most of which are not available on Kindle. Because I’m a writer as much as a reader, I often take notes with the awareness that I’ll be writing about what I’m reading. How has reading become more social for you? It hasn’t.
30 Extremely Elegant Serif Fonts 939 shares 10 Best New Free Fonts We’ve been on the prowl for some new free fonts to share with you. After much searching, we found quite a few, but we believe in “only the best” for WDL readers. The fonts we’ve rounded up for this post are absolutely beautiful, and we know that they’ll find a home in many or your… Read More 1138 shares 9 Free & Useful Fonts for your Designs Whether it’s PSD’s or icons, we love finding high quality free files and sharing them with our readers. The Meanings Behind Words for Emotions Aren't Universal, Study Finds | Smart News | Smithsonian Magazine In May 1993, Trinidadian-German Eurodance artist Haddaway posed a crucial query to the world: “What is love?” Haddaway asked his question in English, but he received a range of responses—in part, perhaps, because there were so many other languages listeners could use to answer. By analyzing words from nearly 2,500 languages, researchers have found that terms describing emotions—like anger and happiness—can have very different meanings depending on the cultures and geographies where they originate. “We walk around assuming that everyone else’s experience is the same as ours because we name it with the same word, and this suggests that that might not be the case,” study author Kristen Lindquist, a psychologist and neuroscientist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, tells Amina Khan of the Los Angeles Times. By mapping out colexification in emotional terms, the team was able to identify feelings speakers of a given language considered similar.
Creativity Quotes From Mycoted The quotations here fall into two main categories. The first category is from people who have had a very restricted vision, with hindsight their comments can be used as powerful examples of what can happen if you don't allow creative thoughts to flourish. The second category is from people who have had a much more creative, open view of life. "Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons." "Innovation is the central issue in economic prosperity" -- Michael Porter, Harvard Business School "There is no such thing as a failed experiment, only experiments with unexpected outcomes." -- Buckminster Fuller "If at first, the idea is not absurd, there is no hope for it." -- Albert Einstein "Whenever you see a successful business someone once made a courageous decision" - - Peter F Drucker.