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Words..

25 Handy Words That Simply Don’t Exist In English

Approximately 375 million people speak English as their first language, in fact it’s the 3rd most commonly spoken language in the world (after Mandarin Chinese and Spanish). Interestingly enough it’s the number 1 second language used worldwide – which is why the total number of people who speak English, outnumber those of any other.
But whilst it’s the most widely spoken language, there’s still a few areas it falls down on (strange and bizarre punctuation rules aside). We look at 25 words that simply don’t exist in the English langauge (and yet after reading this list, you’ll wish they did!)
1 Age-otori (Japanese): To look worse after a haircut

2 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

3 Backpfeifengesicht
 (German): A face badly in need of a fist

4 Bakku-shan
 (Japanese): A beautiful girl… as long as she’s being viewed from behind

5 Desenrascanco
 (Portuguese): “to disentangle” yourself out of a bad situation (To MacGyver it)

6 Duende
 (Spanish): a climactic show of spirit in a performance or work of art, which might be fulfilled in flamenco dancing, or bull-fighting, etc.

7 Forelsket
 (Norwegian): The euphoria you experience when you are first falling in love

8 Gigil 
(pronounced Gheegle; Filipino): The urge to pinch or squeeze something that is unbearably cute

9 Guanxi
 (Mandarin): in traditional Chinese society, you would build up good guanxi by giving gifts to people, taking them to dinner, or doing them a favor, but you can also use up your gianxi by asking for a favor to be repaid

10 Ilunga (Tshiluba, Congo): A person who is ready to forgive any abuse for the first time, to tolerate it a second time, but never a third time

11 L’esprit de l’escalier 
(French): usually translated as “staircase wit,” is the act of thinking of a clever comeback when it is too late to deliver it

12 Litost
 (Czech): a state of torment created by the sudden sight of one’s own misery

13 Mamihlapinatapai (Yaghan): A look between two people that suggests an unspoken, shared desire

14 Manja (Malay): “to pamper”, it describes gooey, childlike and coquettish behavior by women designed to elicit sympathy or pampering by men. “His girlfriend is a damn manja. Hearing her speak can cause diabetes.
15 Meraki (pronounced may-rah-kee; Greek): Doing something with soul, creativity, or love. It’s when you put something of yourself into what you’re doing

16 Nunchi (Korean): the subtle art of listening and gauging another’s mood. In Western culture, nunchi could be described as the concept of emotional intelligence. Knowing what to say or do, or what not to say or do, in a given situation. A socially clumsy person can be described as ‘nunchi eoptta’, meaning “absent of nunchi”

17 Pena ajena (Mexican Spanish): The embarrassment you feel watching someone else’s humiliation

18 Pochemuchka (Russian): a person who asks a lot of questions

19 Schadenfreude (German): the pleasure derived from someone else’s pain

20 Sgriob (Gaelic): The itchiness that overcomes the upper lip just before taking a sip of whisky

21 Taarradhin (Arabic): implies a happy solution for everyone, or “I win. You win.” It’s a way of reconciling without anyone losing face. Arabic has no word for “compromise,” in the sense of reaching an arrangement via struggle and disagreement

22 Tatemae and Honne (Japanese): What you pretend to believe and what you actually believe, respectively

23 Tingo (Pascuense language of Easter Island): to borrow objects one by one from a neighbor’s house until there is nothing left

24 Waldeinsamkeit (German): The feeling of being alone in the woods

25 Yoko meshi (Japanese): literally ‘a meal eaten sideways,’ referring to the peculiar stress induced by speaking a foreign language

From: So Bad So Good

Christmas in Yellowstone

Before you ask, yes, it was cold.

Old Fort Yellowstone at Dawn

Old Fort Yellowstone at Dawn

I traveled to Yellowstone National Park with my Family for Christmas 2011.  These are just a few quick pictures of the trip, just about 5 months late.  However, as the weather heats up, I become nostalgic for the cold temperatures of Winter…which is coming.  Additionally, this post becomes all the more epic as I type, since I am listening to Game of Thrones Soundtrack.

It was little ‘ol me armed with a 2005 mildly defective Olympus point and shoot camera.  But there is a lot of wilderness to be caught, never fear for I have many memory cards, I just should have used them.  I felt like I was playing Pokemon Snap IRL.  Oh yes, my training on the N64 was super applicable to this mission.

The photo of the Old Fort Yellowstone buildings was actually one of the last pictures I took during my trip, however, it is one of my favorites.  I just love how the sleepy little settlement looks like a tiny train set town.  My family used to set up one of those every so often at Christmas.  Then it got to be too much effort and we settled for just the train set.  All the same, that is another story for another time

We arrived like on Christmas Eve, which was kinda odd all things considered.  Most people arrive the 23rd or the 22nd.  However, flights on the 24th are remarkably cheap in comparison.  We flew into Bozeman, Montana.  Cold.  But my brother and I couldn’t really care other than we were hungry.  We found the Co-Op, YAY! And got our provisions.

The following day, Christmas Day, as a present to the family, mom woke us all up by like 6:30 am so we could catch the dawn wildlife tour.  Which is the following photos.  I must say, that I was a little grumpy, all things considered.  I did NOT pack the proper thermal layers.  I would follow the following proceedure.  1: Ride in Car 2: Get out when we pulled over 3:Quickly observe surroundings 4: Jump back in mildly warm van 5: Curse under my breath why others on tour were taking so long to get back in Van.

Lamar valley with Crystalline Trees

Lamar valley with Crystalline Trees

6 Point Elk I think

6 Point Elk, Currently works at The Hartford

My View during the Car Ride

My View during the Car Ride

I was lucky enough to see a lot of wildlife. Including two wolf packs!  That was incredible.  however, my camera lacked the serious zoom needed to capture the majestic and very dangerous creatures.  We saw eagles, dippers, crows/ravens, wolves, bison, elk, etc…

On the final morning, December 26, I opted to take a sunrise hike.  How cool, right?  Wrong.  How COLD!  But this time I wore the proper gear.  YAY!  That is what the following photos are about.  It was just me VS Yellowstone.

The Road to Success, right?

The Road to Success, right?

Tracks at Dawn

Tracks at Dawn

Ice Crystals on Boardwalk 1

Ice Crystals on Boardwalk 1

Ice Crystals on Boardwalk 2

Ice Crystals on Boardwalk 2

Ice Crystals on Boardwalk 3

Ice Crystals on Boardwalk 3

Sunrise through the Steam

Yellowstone Sunrise through the Steam

Old Fort Yellowstone at Dawn

Old Fort Yellowstone at Dawn

That is it for pictures, I may embellish the entry with more words.

Clark Kent Phenomenon

Although I do care for my appearance take good care of myself, except for the occasional sweet treat and the addiction to coffee, I do not obsess over looking nice.  As part of being a hostess, I do wear nice clothes and some make up.  We are talking lipstick, eye shadow, mascara, and blush.  Additionally, I do not wear my glasses.  This is to be the pretty front of the resturant. Although, I say I must rely most on my stunning charm than looks.  Big warm smile rather than mysterious beauty.

The other half of my job, especially on the weekends, is to help in the kitchen.  As you may guess, this is a totally different atmosphere.  I dress in my “grungy clothes” as to not get my nice ones dirty.  I come home smelling of stale olive oil.  That is a fragrance I doubt will catch on in Macy’s.  I pull my hair back into a pony tail, have a headband, wear an apron, have no make up on, and wear my glasses.

Many-a-time we train new servers on my hostessing nights.  Why is still a mystery to me.  Thus the typical story ensues. I start the conversation, “Hi, I’m Kim, your hostess this evening, let me know if I can help with anything, I kinda know were everything is in here”  The next night, they come over to me in the kitchen and introduce themselves, “Hi, ‘m so and so” and hold our their hand. Catching their hand, I respond “Oh! Hi, I’m Kim, your hostess last night” I find it enormously funny when their eyes widen in almost disbelief that I could be one in the same.

Now I understand the use of glasses for Clark Kent vs Superman.  Perhaps this is the precursor to a dual life consisting of school and fighting crime.  Granted in my town of quiet Eugene, Or, I doubt I would bust anything bigger than marijuana users.