14 Illustrations Of Foreign Words That Define Moments No English Word Can Describe

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5:40 pm 19 May, 2015

UK-based artist Marija Tiurina has crafted a new series called “Untranslatable Words” for NeonMob. It contains 14 detailed illustrations that convey moments no single English word can describe.

A post on boredpanda showcased her charming illustrations.


1. Cafuné – the act of tenderly running fingers through someone’s hair.

Word origin : Brazilian-Portuguese.

2. Palegg – anything and everything that you can put on a slice of bread.

Word origin : Norwegian.

3. Gufra – the amount of water that can be held in a hand.

Word origin : Arabic.

4. Baku-Shan – a beautiful girl – as long as she is being viewed from behind.

Word origin : Japanese.

5. Schlimazl – a chronically unlucky person.

Word origin : Yiddish.

6. Duende – the mysterious power that a work of art has to deeply move a person.

Word origin : Spanish.

7. Age-Otori – to look worse after a haircut.

Word origin : Japanese.

8. Kyoikumama – a mother who relentlessly pushes her children toward academic achievement.

Word origin : Japanese.

9. L’appel Duvide – instinctive urge to jump from high places.

Word origin : French.
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10. Luftmensch – refers to someone who is a bit of a dreamer, and literally means “air person”.

Word origin : Yiddish.

11. Tretar – is a second refill, or “threefill”.

Word origin : Swedish.

12. Torchlusspanik – the fear of diminishing opportunities as one ages.

Word origin : German.

13. Schadenfreude – feeling of pleasure derived by seeing another’s misfortune.

Word origin : German.

14. Tingo – the act of taking objects one desires from the house of a friend by gradually borrowing all of them.

Word origin : Pascuense.



See more work of Marija Tiurina here.


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