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Your favorite foreign words or phrases with no English equivalent

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by Anonymousreply 4103/13/2019

Weltschmerz and Kummerspeck

by Anonymousreply 103/12/2019

In Spanish: ¡Lárgate! More of less translates to "leave!" or "get out of here" but those phrases lack the same raw, emotional punch.

by Anonymousreply 203/12/2019


Germans, you guys.

by Anonymousreply 303/12/2019


The sensation at one's fingertips

by Anonymousreply 403/12/2019


by Anonymousreply 503/12/2019

In German I like verarschen which means screwed but literally translated it means assed.

by Anonymousreply 603/12/2019


by Anonymousreply 703/12/2019

Many Yiddishisms, but my two favorites are probably

Ungapatchka --overly done up, overly ornate to the point of tackiness, can refer to a person, clothing or interior decor.

Farbissiner-- someone who is always miserable, thrives on being miserable and delights in making others miserable.

by Anonymousreply 803/12/2019

Hygge - Dansk/Norge


by Anonymousreply 903/12/2019


by Anonymousreply 1003/12/2019

R5 what's your beef?

by Anonymousreply 1103/12/2019

Déjà vu

by Anonymousreply 1203/12/2019

Of the 50 or so Inuit words for snow, siguliaksraq is my fave. 😆

by Anonymousreply 1303/12/2019


by Anonymousreply 1403/12/2019

In Italian (dialect): stronzo. It's an insult that loosely means a piece of shit, but some Italians will tell you it refers to that stubborn last little bit of shit that won't come out. It is a really big insult, so you wouldn't use it as casually as you might call someone a turd in English.

by Anonymousreply 1503/12/2019

Mittleschmerz ~ when your abdomen hurts during ovulation.

by Anonymousreply 1603/12/2019


German for huge fat cock.

by Anonymousreply 1703/12/2019

R12 say again?

by Anonymousreply 1803/12/2019


by Anonymousreply 1903/12/2019

Please put meanings in when posting. TIA.

by Anonymousreply 2003/12/2019


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by Anonymousreply 2203/12/2019

You don't say!!

by Anonymousreply 2303/12/2019

Gemuetlichkeit (Since we have no umlauts). German for a state of friendliness, warmth, good cheer.

by Anonymousreply 2403/12/2019

For cat lovers.

by Anonymousreply 2503/12/2019

Je ne sais quoi, bitches.

by Anonymousreply 2603/12/2019

Backpfeifengesicht. Punchable face. Ted Cruz's picture should accompany this definition in the dictionary.

by Anonymousreply 2703/12/2019


by Anonymousreply 2803/12/2019

Khrap (if you're male) or Ka (if you're female) In Thailand these words are added to the end of a sentence to show politeness.

by Anonymousreply 2903/12/2019

Fucking slut-whoreka!

by Anonymousreply 3003/12/2019


which is a face badly in need of a fist (in German)

by Anonymousreply 3103/12/2019

Bakku-shan. Seeing a woman who appears pretty from behind but not so from the front.

by Anonymousreply 3203/12/2019


by Anonymousreply 3303/12/2019

Hebrew: davka (דווקא)

The word is originally from Aramaic used in Modern Hebrew. It is used to re-enforce or highlight the futility or inconvenience of an action, e.g., He did it davka or Davka now he decides to take a trip.


Ungepatcht (pronunciation depending on where you come from) means something that is a jumble, mixed up almost beyond recognition. Ungapatchka is an Americanism, a mistranslated, misused derivative.

by Anonymousreply 3403/12/2019



by Anonymousreply 3503/12/2019

Saudades - Portuguese for wistful longing.

by Anonymousreply 3603/12/2019

“Carte Blanche,” which is French. It literally means “white paper,” used to show how a written instrument gives a person free reign/authority.

by Anonymousreply 3703/12/2019

L'esprit de l'escalier.

Sang froid


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by Anonymousreply 3903/13/2019

[italic] Mise en place [/italic] -- French chef speak for having all of your things in order, but I apply it liberally to all aspects of life.

by Anonymousreply 4003/13/2019

r31 has a backpfeifengesicht.

by Anonymousreply 4103/13/2019
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