Untranslatable Words

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There are words in languages all over the world that do not have a single English equivalent. The Germans have a word for weight gained from emotional overeating. The word "Kummerspeck" literally translates to "grief bacon."

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  1. The Italian word "slampadato" describes someone addicted to tanning. 00:22

  2. "Pelinti," in Ghanaian, refers to the moment you put hot food in your mouth and try to move it around to cool it down. 02:07

  3. In Scotland, "tartle" means the experience of hesitating to introduce someone whose name you just forgot. 02:46

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