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Re: Untranslatable words

From:Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Thursday, June 24, 2004, 5:04
On Wednesday, June 23, 2004, at 05:00 , Peter Bleackley wrote:


> The most untranslatable words from other languages
> altahmam Arabic for a kind of deep sadness > gezellig Dutch for cozy > saudade Portuguese for a certain type of longing
Welsh: _hiraeth_ both an expectant longing for what is to come & a nostalgia for what is past and gone. _hwyl_ /hujl/ - mood, atmosphere, emotion etc. What one may experience listening to a great orator, being in the Millennium Stadium at Cardiff when Wales are playing, hearing great music etc, etc. Neither word has a single English equivalent. Indeed, the two words not infrequently occur in the _English_ of more or less monoglot English speakers in Wales. A not uncommon valediction is: pob hwyl /po:b hujl/ - 'pob' = 'every', 'all'. Pob hwyl! Ray =============================================== (home) (work) =============================================== "A mind which thinks at its own expense will always interfere with language." J.G. Hamann, 1760


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