June 02, 2006

Words. Lovely words.

Anyone else watch the National Spelling Bee last night? Anyone? Uh...I didn't think so. (The monk and I started watching it as a joke and got completely sucked in.)

Best word of the night*:

While triple checking my spelling on that one, I found this lovely list of words as well.

Tingo: A Pascuense language word from Easter Island that means borrowing items from a pal's house, one by one, until there is nothing left.

Kummerspeck: a German word that literally means "grief bacon" but refers to the excess weight gained from emotion-related overeating.

Bakku-shan: Japanese for a woman who "seems pretty when seen from behind but not from the front."

Ulykkesbilen: Danish for an "ill-fated car."

Putzfimmel: German word that means a mania for cleaning.

Nakkele: From Tulu, India, this describes a man who licks whatever the food has been served on.

Katahara itai: Japanese for laughing so hard that one side of your stomach hurts.

Drachenfutter: A German word that is "dragon fodder" when translated literally, but means the peace offerings made by guilty husbands to their wives.

Plimpplampplettere: Dutch for skimming stones.

Backpfeifengesicht: German for a face that cries out for a fist in it.

(From 10 Wise Words That Will Make You Laugh)

Plus - a bonus post for swissmiss:
Swiss-German Words of the Year (2005)

*From the Germans, of course. Damn, you people have a way with words.


Anonymous said...

You should check out the book "the meaning of tingo" its a great source interesting words from all different languages and cultures.

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bb said...

Thanks for the tip. I'll check that out.
(btw - the deleted comment is simply a duplicate post. I haven't gone all censor crazy...)

Anonymous said...

oh crud I forgot to watch the bee.
great words you found! I've always found German so beautifully expressive. BTW, the dictionary pronunciation note is slightly wrong -- the W should be pronounced like a V even tho the word has been adopted into English.

bb said...

You'll be happy to know they pronounced it correctly in the bee. :)

czeltic girl said...

I second the recommendation on the book.

You can find it at Schwartz in the reference section, if you absolutely have to rush out and get it. :) (Though you won't find it at Schwartz Downer at the moment, as I just bought their copy last week. Mwahh ha.)