Words That Don’t Exist in the English Language

  • Gheegle: (Filipino) The urge to pinch or squeeze something that is unbearably cute.
  • Cualacino: (Italian) The mark left on a table by a cold glass.
  • Sgriob: (Gaelic) The itchiness that overcomes the upper lip just before taking a sip of whisky
  • L’esprit de escalier: (French) The feeling you get after leaving a conversation, when you think of all the things you should have said. Translated it means “the spirit of the staircase.”
  • Pari-pari and Saku-saku: (Japanese) Hard-crispy verses Soft-crispy, i.e. a rice cracker versus fried chicken
  • Stam: (Hebrew) An agreement out of amusement and frustration that something doesn’t have a satisfactory answer among those talking.
  • Forelsket: (Norwegian) The euphoria you experience when you are first falling in love.
  • Pena ajena: (Mexican Spanish) The embarrassment you feel watching someone else’s humiliation.

Source: Rana June

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  1. Jenna

    Love these wish you would do more!

  2. Nosybear

    Gemutlichkeit (German) The comfort one feels in a very comfortable place such as next to a fireplace or in a cozy pub.

  3. Pari-pari and Saku-saku: (Japanese) Hard-crispy verses Soft-crispy

    I believe you just provided the English versions…..

  4. the jesus

    ‘culacino’ exists in english- ‘water ring’ .. not a single word, sure, but it’s a very commonly used phrase

  5. Sigrid

    “Forelsket” is translated with “falling in love”. And that’s what it means. It’s not “the euphoria you experience when you are first falling in love”, “I’m in love” “Jeg er forelsket” in Norwegian. I laughed when I saw that, couldn’t understand it 😉

  6. Jen

    “L’esprit de escalier” I’m not understanding how this is different from our English word: Hindsight

  7. indivar

    ‘l’esprit de escalier’ in english is called ‘staircase wit’.

  8. Sophie

    Did you know that these are called ‘lacunas’ or ‘lexical gaps’. Just an interesting fact.

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