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This article was highlighted in one of the closing 'Clicks' on MSNBC's "All in with Chris Hayes" last night. More 'untranslatable' words translated. Check it out, the graphics are fun.

My favorite is the Inuit word "Iktsuarpok", meaning "The feeling of anticipation that leads you to go outside and check if anyone is coming, and probably also indicates an element of impatience."
 
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Do we have a word for untranslatable words?

What do you call the moment when you have one foot in the tub but can't recall if you've finished washing or were just about to get in?


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Very interesting, Bethree. However, our in-house linguists would say that since they are translated right there on that document, they really aren't translatable.

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Wouldn't you, just once, love to see an article that started:

Twenty untranslatable words

Here are twenty untranslatable words from other languages. No definitions are given because they are untranslatable.

Splidlakaluk (Icelandic) - untranslatable
Ensonadilma (Portuguese) - untranslatable
Xgnglqvw (Tagalog) - Untranslatable
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Or an article that was titled

Esperanto: 20 untranslatable words
 
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Just for fun I put your words into Google translate and used the detect language feature.

It suggested that

sponsz might be Polish
rastapopoulos might be French
kûrvitaş might be Finnish
tlhaqSoD might be English (yes, really!)
myludh might be Welsh

It had no suggestions for the other words
 
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Oh, bother. I have ceased trying to convince people that all words are translatable. I now hold that all words are untranslatable, or that no words are translatable. I find that communication is impossible. Speaking or writing a language is not enough. The center does not hold. I do like woods-loneliness contemplating the chronometer-flood. Good show, Zukunftbreitdickicht.


Ceci n'est pas un seing.
 
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We know that. And we know that all words are translatable. We are taking a non-too-subtle swipe at the people who don't.

(I still love it that Google Translate suggested that tlhaqSoD might be ENglish.)
 
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Eye no vat. The thing with Google translate is that its detect a language algorithm works better with a sentence than a single word. I like Sponz: the word would be pronounced very differently in Polish than in Hungarian. Sponsh vs Shpons.


Ceci n'est pas un seing.
 
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Originally posted by zmježd:
Good show, Zukunftbreitdickicht.


Danke, Flügelwörter.
 
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