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Re: Untranslatable words

From:Danny Wier <dawiertx@...>
Date:Friday, June 25, 2004, 0:34
From: "Peter Bleackley" <Peter.Bleackley@...>

> A survey of linguists has concluded that the following are the most > untranslatable words in English.
> The most untranslatable words from other languages
> altahmam Arabic for a kind of deep sadness
As in melancholia? That seems to be a difficult word to translate precisely; it's commonly used to refer to a type of severe clinical depression. Of course it comes from the Greek word for 'black bile', one of Hippocrates' four humors.