Which languages can do better than English?
There are many words in other languages that don’t translate directly into English, or succinctly describe a thing or situation which would take far more words to say if I tried to do it. A new website is collecting these ‘untranslatable’ words and presenting them to the world daily. Better Than English is taking user submissions (and I guess a few submissions by the admin/s) and discussing words from all over the world. Here are some of my favourites:
Zechpreller – a German word to describe someone who leaves a restaurant or a bar without paying the bill.
Utepils – a Norwegian word to describe sitting outside on a sunny day enjoying a beer.
Tocayo – a Spanish word meaning a person who has the same name as you (I met someone who has the same first and last names as me, so she is now my tocayo instead of just being ‘the other Wendy Wong’).
If you have any favourites of your own, feel free to submit them in the comments, or directly to Better Than English.
Link via Dave at Language Trainers.