Have you ever been at a loss for words because of the bad driving skills of another motorist? The Germans have come to the rescue with deppenfahrerbeaugung. It literally translates as "moron driver eyeballing" and refers to the look you want to give to the bad driver you have just encountered.
We've all seen them. They tend to show up at supermarkets, airports, and movie theaters, and they make life miserable for everyone else. I'm speaking, of course, of the parents who do absolutely nothing to supervise the little terrors who are their children. In Sweden there is a word that beautifully describes this sort of... Continue Reading →
Have you ever been at a loss to describe your feelings when you see an utterly adorable kitten or a supremely-cuddly puppy? If you lived in the Philippines, you wouldn't struggle. In the Tagalog language gigil describes a trembling or gritting of the teeth in response to a situation that overwhelms your self-control. It’s been... Continue Reading →
If you were accused of being a macroverbumsciolist, how would you plead? If you answered without knowing what the word means, you probably should have pleaded guilty. A macroverbumsciolist is a person who only pretends to know the meaning of a word and later secretly looks up the definition.
Why would you need to know about oxyphenbutazone? If you have an interest in medicine, you need to know it as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. If you are a Scrabble player, however, you definitely want to store it away in your memory because it can bring you more points than any other word. Playing under American rules,... Continue Reading →
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Do you know anyone who cuts his or her own hair? If you do, you may properly refer to that person as an autotonsorialist.
As rich as the English language is, there are plenty of words in other languages that English has not yet adopted. We wrote about one such needed word here. Here are a few more of these much-needed gems: Hikikomori (Japanese) -- A teenager or 20-something who has withdrawn from social life, often obsessed with TV... Continue Reading →
Sesquipedalophobia is the fear of long words.
The word lethologica describes the state of not being able to remember the word you want.
A group of toads is called a knot. source
Backpfeifengesicht is a German word referring to a face badly in need of a fist.
"Shemomedjamo” is a Georgian word for when you’re really full, but you can’t stop eating because the food is so delicious. source