Words are like nets -- we hope they'll cover what we mean, but we know they can't possibly hold that much joy, or grief, or wonder.
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11 Untranslatable Words From Other Cultures

11 Untranslatable Words From Other Cultures

Aug 31, 2013-- Words are flimsy packages that we wrap around abstract concepts and offer to others in the hopes of being understood. Friedrich Nietzsche said, "Words are but symbols for the relations of things to one another and to us; nowhere do they touch upon the absolute truth." There are so many parts of the human experience that have no satisfying word to describe it. Luckily, we can borrow words from other cultures where there are gaps in the English language. The charming illustrated piece that follows offers up 11 whimsical and untranslatable words from far-flung corners of the world. Chances are at least a few of them will bring a flash of recognition and make you smile. (155070 reads)

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