9 Foreign Words the English Language Desperately Needs

Via Scoop.itNunavut

“Just chopping up some nice ice logs for the ice fire.”   While we were busy fumbling with hand gestures and illustrations like cavemen, other cultures just made up the perfect words and phrases to encapsulate those little everyday moments filled with … uh … [excerpts]   #5. Iktsuarpok (Inuktitut) Means: To go outside to check if an expected visitor has arrived, over and over again.   For lonely people eager to find new ways to express their loneliness, there is a new word that perfectly sums up the feeling of waiting for someone who, as time goes on, you realize probably isn’t coming. We’ve all been guilty of “iktsuarpok” at one point or another, whether it’s waiting for a prom date or waiting for a concealed-weapons permit in the mail after that prom fiasco. Time can seem to stretch on for eternity in moments that require you to wait on someone else, glancing out the window again and again, waiting for their car to pull into the driveway. The Inuit know the feeling so well they developed a word for it. The fact that iktsuarpok even exists as a word offers us all a sense of exactly what kind of isolation the Inuit people are subjected to every day. They will get all iktsuarpok-ed for the prospect of a guest like a kid for Santa Claus. So the next time you’re feeling sick to death of all the people around you, remember that somewhere there’s a group of people disconnected from civilization in subzero temperatures, just waiting for some hypothermic company to stumble past.   #6. Gadrii Nombor Shulen Jongu (Tibetan) Means: Giving an answer that is unrelated to the question.   “Gadrii nombor shulen jongu” translates literally to “giving a green answer to a blue question,” and you won’t find a gushier spring of it than in political debates. It sounds like this: Moderator: How do you respond to allegations that you funneled federal grant money into your string of underground toddler fighting arenas? Candidate: You know, I really can’t believe we’re focusing on this silly “scandal” when what Americans are really worried about is jobs. […]  
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One Response to 9 Foreign Words the English Language Desperately Needs

  1. qiviq says:

    Nuna…. WHAA also has a great appreciation for iktsuarpok!

    http://nunawhaa.wordpress.com/2011/08/17/iktsuarpok/

    http://nunawhaa.wordpress.com/2011/10/30/return-of-iktsuarpok/

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