DIN-zertifizierte Übersetzungen

Thank you very much for the great cooperation!

Happy International Translation Day from the entire oneword Team!

To celebrate this special day, we have compiled our top 10 untranslatable words for you – we wish we had these words in English, too. We hope you enjoy this list as much as we did making it:

  • Erklärungsnot (German): the state you find yourself in when put on the spot without a sufficient explanation or excuse for something you have done or failed to do.
  • Jayus (Indonesian): the compulsion to laugh despite a poorly told, unfunny joke.
  • Culaccino (Italian): the watermark left on the table by the edge of a cold glass.
  • Gufra (Arabic): the amount of water that can be held in a hand.
  • Fyllekäk (Swedish): the name for the type of food eaten late in the evening on the way home after drinking alcoholic beverages, such as fast food, pizzas or kebabs.
  • Girafer (African French): the movement or position of the neck of a pupil copying from their neighbour.
  • Ostogrammit'sja (Russian): the act of drinking 100 g of vodka or another high-proof alcoholic beverage.
  • Tsundoku (Japanese): the habit of purchasing books, but then not reading them and instead allowing them to pile up or collect on shelves.
  • Tingo (Rapa nui, Eastern Polynesian language spoken on Easter Island): to "borrow" everything possible from a friend's house, one by one, and simply keeping the items.
  • Mamihlapinatapai (Yamana, language of the Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire) in South America): a look shared by two people, each wishing that the other would initiate something that they both desire but which neither wants to begin. It is recorded as the most succinct word in the world in the Guinness Book of World Records.


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Your oneword team