Emily’s Team Pick: 20 Untranslatable Words From Around the World

I will fully admit that I stole this from Taylor’s tumblr.

So without further ado I present to you 20 awesomely untranslatable words from around the world. Enjoy.

Emily Choo started as an intern with Autostraddle when she was 18 years old. She's now 10 years older and lives in Toronto with her partner and cat. The defining moment of her career was when Riese said this about her: " I think Emily Choo is a very bright, 'poetically inclined' girl who pays attention to everything and knows almost everything (the point of stuff, how to read, how beautiful things feel, how scary things feel, etc.) but doesn't believe/accept/realize yet that she knows almost everything." She still doesn't believe she knows anything, so, thank you, Riese, for that.

Emily has written 114 articles for us.


  1. My parents spend a lot of time over in Egypt (they’re there right now) and love learning Arabic. Just text them Ya’aburnee. I love languages for this exact reason, there’s so much feeling in a word which I often forget.

    Thanks Emily / Taylor!

  2. I’ve struggled to find a word in English for the Irish word ‘flaithuileach’ (my spelling might be a bit off!).

    Generally means someone being generous with their money, to the point of being a bit silly about it. Someone who’s quick to throw their money away!

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