They have a word for thatI want this book about crazy international vocabulary so specific only people studying for the GRE in those countries would ever know the meaning. Apparently Albanians have 27 words for "moustache" and another 27 for "eyebrows." As one reviewer said, "The words themselves offer hundreds of revealing clues to the preoccupations of that culture. A world of bushy machismo and stolid dignity sprang to life before his eyes."
Other fascinating words:
- KOSHATNIK (Russian)
- A dealer in stolen cats.
- O KA LA NOKONOKO (Hawaiian)
- A day spent in nervous anticipation of a coughing spell.
- MAMIHLAPINATAPEI (Fuengian language, Chile)
- A shared look of longing between parties who are both interested yet neither is willing to make the first move.
- YUYIN (Chinese)
- The remnants of sound that stay in the ears of the hearer