While English has more words than many other languages, there are still a lot of wonderful words out there that just don't exist in English. Test your global word savvy with this How Stuff Works quiz!
This German word literally translates to "slap face." It is used to describe someone who deserves to be punched in the face.
Every book lover can relate to this word. It's the act of buying a new book and leaving it unread in a pile of other unread books.
This word means "why-girl" or "why-boy." It is a rare word used to describe children that are too curious for their own good and constantly ask questions.
Anyone who travels to a foreign country is likely to feel like a fish out of water at one time or another. That is what this word refers to.
This word refers to things which are tasteless and tacky. It is often applied to trinkets and other things bought by people with bad taste.
Kummerspeck literally translates to "grief bacon" in English. Many of us have experienced this at one time or another.
This Portuguese word describes someone who attends funerals just to eat the food. Funeral crashing is uncommon, however.
These coffee shop dwellers can be seen spending hours in coffee shops all over the world. Despite spending most of their time in these shops, they don't spend very much.
Used in both the Czech and Slovak languages, prozvonit is for the particularly thrifty. When people call a mobile phone only to hang up and force the other person to take on the charge when they call back, they are doing this.
This Korean word encompasses the art of being able to understand how someone truly feels through conversation and respond to the situation properly. It could also be described as emotional intelligence.
This Welsh word literally translates to "Blue Smile." It's used to describe smiles that are fake or mocking.
People get haircuts with the hopes of improvement, but it doesn't always pan out. This Japanese word covers the situation perfectly.
This Italian word describes the kind of person who brags on social media about not caring about politics and probably does not vote. Everyone knows at least one person like this.
Early risers have definitely experienced gökotta. It's the act of getting up early to enjoy the singing birds and soft morning light.
Almost everyone has experienced this at one time or another. The Scottish have one word to cover this embarrassing situation.
It can be described as pre-fun. If you already feel happy and excited knowing you are about to have fun at a party or event, you have experienced voorpret.
Yagan is an indigenous South American language that is spoken in the Tierra Del Fuego region. This word describes the weighted look between two people who are too shy to initiate something they both want.
This German word literally translates to "three cheeses high." It implies a person is as tall as three stacked wheels of cheese and is usually only used when talking about small children.
The Japanese have many interesting and unique words. Considering how often people stare into space, it's strange that more languages don't have a word for it.
This idea is considered a key part of Denmark's culture and is hard to translate. It's all about the comforting and intimate experience of being surrounded by those you care about in a comfortable atmosphere.
Back in the days of the samurai, they would practice tsujigiri. It is the act of testing out a new weapon or technique on whoever happens to pass by.
If you have ever seen something incredibly cute and felt overwhelmed by the need to squeeze or pinch it, you have experienced gigil. This word comes from the Philippines.
This Norwegian word can be used to refer to anything you can put on a sandwich. This includes everything from pickles to butter to Nutella.
This word literally translates to "may you bury me." It means that you hope to die before the one you love, because you don't want to live without them.
This Swedish noun means you have just the right amount of something. If you have just enough soup in your bowl to satisfy you, this applies.
This beautiful Turkish word makes it easy to be a poet. It's the word for when moonlight shines on water.
This Greek verb describes the act of creating with soul, passion and love. All artists have experienced it at one time or another.
This word, derived from Sanskrit, is an incredibly wholesome word. It describes sharing in another's happiness.
Maguindanao is a language spoken in the Philippines. This word describes the act of taking a bath in your clothes.
When you sit outside on a sunny day enjoying a beer, you are experiencing utepils. Sunny days are rarer in Norway than other parts of the world, where this word comes from.
This word literally translates to "ghost" or "goblin" in Spanish. It was originally used to describe the irresistible charm of an expert performer, who draws in the audience.
This Indonesian word refers to a joke so badly told, or so unfunny, that it is impossible not to laugh at it. It's a slang word.
This Georgian word literally translates to "I accidentally ate the entire thing." It's for when you are about to burst, but your meal is so good you have to try to finish it.
Fernweh literally translates to "distance pain." A person experiencing it longs to be somewhere other than where they are.
This creepy Ulwa word perfectly describes the sensation you feel walking alone on a dark road at night. It's when you feel like something is crawling on your skin.