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Words We Don't Have in English


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A very short tour of "missing" words in English

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Words We Don't Have in English

  1. 1. English Language
  2. 2. Words for everything? <ul><li>By some accounts, there are one-million words in the English language </li></ul><ul><li>By some estimates, someone with a university education understandings about 20,000 words </li></ul>
  3. 3. A few examples from
  4. 4. Alba <ul><li>In Italian </li></ul><ul><li>The day you leave prison after serving a sentence. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Ajane <ul><li>In Tulu (a language in India) </li></ul><ul><li>The noise of a thief </li></ul>
  6. 6. kyoikumama <ul><li>In Japanese </li></ul><ul><li>A woman who makes her children study so that they will do well academically. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Dejar con el paquete <ul><li>Spanish </li></ul><ul><li>Abandoning a woman you have made pregnant </li></ul><ul><li>Literally: To drop with the parcel </li></ul>
  8. 8. biodegradabile <ul><li>In Italian </li></ul><ul><li>Someone who falls in love easily and often </li></ul>
  9. 9. Leibestod <ul><li>In German </li></ul><ul><li>Dying for love </li></ul>
  10. 10. Pau heoheo <ul><li>In Hawaiian </li></ul><ul><li>A person who returns from fishing without any fish </li></ul>
  11. 11. And some silly examples from
  12. 12. Meaning of Liff <ul><li>This silly book takes the names of small towns and attaches them to concepts without words </li></ul>
  13. 13. Epsom (n) <ul><li>An entry in a dairy (such as a date or set of initials) which you don’t have any idea what is doing there. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Ewelme (n) <ul><li>The smile bestowed on you by an air hostess </li></ul>
  15. 15. Foping (v) <ul><li>Refusing the say what you’re looking so bloody wistful about </li></ul>
  16. 16. Kerry (n) <ul><li>The small twist of skin that separates each sausage in a string </li></ul>
  17. 17. Some of our own
  18. 18. A word for? <ul><li>A door that closes too quickly </li></ul>
  19. 19. A word for? <ul><li>A freshly washed dog </li></ul>
  20. 20. A word for? <ul><li>A chip that is just warm enough to still eat </li></ul>
  21. 21. A word for? <ul><li>Water too cold to swim in </li></ul>
  22. 22. Finally <ul><li>List five concepts in English that don’t have a word in their own (but you think they should) </li></ul>