When it comes to personality, some people seem to have been put on the planet to make life easier for everyone else:


Cooperar: (Spansih, Central America) to go along willingly with someone else to one’s own disadvantage.


Abozzare: (Italian) to accept meekly a far from satisfactory situation.


Ilunga: (Tshiluba,Congo) someone who is ready to forgive any abuse the first time, to tolerate it a second time, but never a third time




: (French) to flatter (literally, to apply Vaseline)


Happobijin: (Japanese) a beauty to all eight directions (a sycophant)


Radfahrer: (German) one who flatters superiors and browbeats subordinates (literally, a cyclist)




The Japanese have the most vivid description for hangers-on: kingyo no funi. It literally means ‘goldfish crap’ –a reference to the way that a fish that has defecated often trails excrement behind it for some time.