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  • Kaelling - Danish: a woman who stands on her doorstep yelling obscenities at her kids.
  • Pesamenteiro - Portuguese: one who joins groups of mourners at the home of a dead person, apparently to offer condolences but in reality is just there for the refreshments.
  • Okuri-OKAMI - Japanese: literally a “see-you-home-wolf”. A man who feigns thoughtfulness by offering to see a girl home only to try to molest her once he gets in the door.
  • Jayus - Indonesian: someone who tells a joke so unfunny you can't help laughing.
  • Spesenritter - German: a person who shows off by paying the bill on the firm's money, literally “an expense knight”.
  • Kamaki - Greek: the young local guys strolling up and down beaches hunting for female tourists, literally “harpoons”.
  • Kanjus Makkhicus - Hindi: a person so miserly that if a fly falls into his cup of tea, he'll fish it out and suck it dry before throwing it away.
  • Giri-GIRI - Hawaiian pidgin: the place where two or three hairs stick up, no matter what.
  • Pelinti - Buli, Ghana: to move very hot food around inside one's mouth.
  • Dii-KOYNA - Ndebele, South Africa: to destroy one's property in anger.
  • Hanyauku - Rukwangali, Namibia: walking on tiptoes across warm sand.
  • Tartle - Scottish: to hesitate when you are introducing someone whose name you can't quite remember.
  • Vovohe Tahtsenaotse - Cheyenne, US: to prepare the mouth before speaking by moving or licking one's lips.
  • Prozvonit - Czech and Slovak: to call someone's mobile from your own to leave your number in their memory without them picking it up.
  • Hira Hira - Japanese: the feeling you get when you walk into a dark and decrepit old house in the middle of the night.
  • Koi No Yokan - Japanese: a sense on first meeting someone that it is going to evolve into love.
  • Cafune - Brazilian Portuguese: the tender running of one's fingers through the hair of one's mate.
  • Shnourkovat Sya - Russian: when drivers change lanes frequently and unreasonably.
  • Gadrii Nombor Shulen Jongu - Tibetan: giving an answer that is unrelated to the question, literally “to give a green answer to a blue question”.
  • Biritululo - Kiriwani, Papua New Guinea: comparing yams to settle a dispute.
  • Poronkusema - Finnish: the distance equal to how far a reindeer can travel without a comfort break.
  • Gamadj - Obibway, North America: dancing with a scalp in one's hands, in order to receive presents.
  • Baling - Manobo, Philippines: the action of a woman who, when she wants to marry a man, goes to his house and refuses to leave until marriage is agreed upon.
  • Dona - Yamana, Chile: to take lice from a person's head and squash between one's teeth.
  • Oka/SHETE - Ndonga, Nigeria: urination difficulties caused by eating frogs before the rain has duly fallen.
  • Pisan Zapra - Malay: the time needed to eat a banana.
  • Physiggoomai - Ancient Greek: excited by eating garlic.
  • Baffona - Italian: an attractive moustachioed woman.
  • Layogenic - Tagalog, Philippines: a person who is only goodlooking from a distance.
  • Rhwe - South Africa: to sleep on the floor without a mat while drunk and naked.
  • Shvitzer - Yiddish: someone who sweats a lot, especially a nervous seducer.
  • Gattara - Italian: a woman, often old and lonely, who devotes herself to stray cats.
  • Creerse La Ultima Coca-COLA EN EL DESIERTO - Central American Spanish: to have a very high opinion of oneself, literally to “think one is the last Coca-Cola in the desert”.
  • Vrane Su Mu Popile Mozak - Croatian: crazy, literally “cows have drunk his brain”.
  • Du Kannst Mir Gern Den Buckel Runterrutschen Und Mit Der Zunge Bremsen - Austrian German: abusive insult, literally “you can slide down my hunchback using your tongue as a brake”.
  • Tener Una Cara De Telefono Ocupado - Puerto Rican Spanish: to be angry, literally “to have a face like a busy telephone”.
  • Bablat - Hebrew: baloney, but is an acronym of “beelbool beytseem le-lo takhleet” which means “bothering someone's testicles for no reason”.
  • Vai A Fava - Portuguese: get lost, literally “go to the fava bean”.
  • Rombhoru - Bengali: a woman having thighs as shapely as banana trees.
  • Tako-NYODU - Japanese: a baldy, literally an “octopus monk”.
  • Snyavshi Shtany, PO VOLOSAM NE GLADYAT - Russian: once you've taken off your pants it's too late to look at your hai
  • Mariteddu Tamant'e Un Ditu Ieddu Voli Essa Rivaritu - Corsican: a husband must be respected even if he is very short.
  • Bayram Degil (SEYRAN DEGIL ENISTE BENI NIYE OPTU? - Turkish: there must be something behind this. Literally “it's not festival time, it's not a pleasure trip, so why did my brother-in-law kiss me”?

From: Toujours Tingo: More Extraordinary Words To Change The Way We See The World by Adam Jacot de Boinod - published by Penguin Books.

does_not_translate.txt · Last modified: 2014/04/08 10:45 by nik