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Handy Words That Don’t Exist In English

Arigata-meiwaku (Japanese): An act someone does for you that you didn’t want to have them do and tried to avoid having them do, but they went ahead anyway, determined to do you a favor, and then things went wrong and caused you a lot of trouble, yet in the end social conventions required you to express gratitude

via 25 Handy Words That Simply Don’t Exist In English | So Bad So Good.

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Lilian is the author of Web of Angels, a novel about a mom with DID (multiple personalities). She's also the author of the historical novels, The River Midnight and The Singing Fire, about secrets, friendship and motherhood in 19th century Poland and London.

6 thoughts on “Handy Words That Don’t Exist In English

  1. Oh I love that. How have I lived so long without that word?

    On a different note, I am a big fan of Douglas Adams’ Meaning of Liff, a small dictionary of words we are missing. One of my favourites is ‘peoria’ – the fear of having peeled too few potatoes. That’s a useful one, too.

  2. Oh, I have to pick that up. Clearly my vocabulary needs building. Who can do without peoria? or Liff (which means…? I assume it’s not just a word to make me laugh out loud on reading the title!)

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