May 27, 2009


I have this German friend and there were always words that he would say in German that he could not find a proper translation for. My favorite of which being "liebestrunken," the closest translation he could find was love stoned. So I wondered what English words were hard to translate.

The ten [British] English words that were voted hardest to translate:
  1. plenipotentiary [when has anyone ever needed to explain this word!?]
  2. gobbledegook
  3. serendipity
  4. poppycock
  5. googly [never heard it used like that]
  6. spam [kinda lame...]
  7. whimsy
  8. bumf [British slang]
  9. chuffed
  10. kitsch

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