Think there’s a word in English for everything? Think again. Sometimes the English language just lacks that one perfect word to fully capture the essence of a concept. Occasionally we create words on our own to fill the gaps. Ever been so hungry that you’re actually ‘hangry’ (hungry + angry)? Sometimes the perfect word already exists in another language, it just doesn’t have a direct English translation – think ‘Schadenfreude’.
We wanted to explore the concept of untranslatable words a bit, so last month we asked our friends on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest to share their favorites using the hashtag #LostInTranslation. Below are some of our favorites.
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— Ellen Lagerman (@EllenLagerman) October 21, 2014
— Pam (@CitiesAlive) October 21, 2014
— Bronnah Hack (@hannahthbr) October 21, 2014
— looghermine claude (@ellesee_) October 20, 2014
— Broderick Topil (@Broderick_Topil) October 20, 2014
— sarah (@sarah_brunelle) October 24, 2014
— JB (@_jmariah) October 23, 2014