Nine Words – Which We DON’T HAVE

One of my ALL-TIME FAVORITE WORDS is “kvell” from the Yiddish original “kveln”…

We don’t have an English equivalent for this Middle High German word, which means “to be delighted,” specifically with one’s own children.

But, we lack at least eight more useful and inspirational words!  “Oxford English Dictionary” may need:

1.  Utepils.  (OOH-ta-pilz) Norwegian for “outside beer” – when you have a drink, outdoors.

2.  Sobremesa.  (so-bre-MAY-suh) Spanish for “over the table” – when keep chatting, after dinner’s over.

3.  Engili.  (EN-guh-lee) In parts of India:  food which someone has already bitten!

4.  Shemomedjamo.  (sheh-mo-meh-CHAHMO)  From the nation of Georgia:  when you’re full, but you keep eating anyway.  [They also have a shorter way of saying “the day after tomorrow.”  It’s “zeg.”]

5.  Kummerspeck.  (KOOMER-shpeck)  German, & literally:  “grief bacon”  …when you overeat because you’re sad about something (!!!).

6.  Kalsarikännit.  (call-sar-ee-CAH-nit)  Finnish for when you get drunk, alone, at home in your underwear…  with no plans to go anywhere or do anything.

7.  Pelinti.  (pell-INTY)  In Ghana, it’s the word for when you bite into something really hot, and have to move it around in your mouth so it doesn’t burn you.

8.  Tartle.  Scottish – when you want to introduce someone, but you can’t remember the name.

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