10 Wondrous Words from Foreign Languages That Can’t Be Translated into English

10 Wondrous Words from Foreign Languages That Can’t Be Translated into English

Mamihlapinatapai. Bet you don’t know what that means, and why would you anyway? It’s one of the hundreds of words in the world that simply cannot be translated into English. There is no equivalent or easy way to express it, they’re just that beautiful that they have to stay as they are.   Thanks to Ella Frances Sanders’ book, Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words from Around the World, we now get these quirky phrases and what they mean. The mark left on your skin after wearing something tight? There’s a name for that. That homesick feeling for a …

10 Wondrous Words from Foreign Languages That Can't Be Translated into English

10 Wondrous Words from Foreign Languages That Can't Be Translated into English

Mamihlapinatapai. Bet you don’t know what that means, and why would you anyway? It’s one of the hundreds of words in the world that simply cannot be translated into English. There is no equivalent or easy way to express it, they’re just that beautiful that they have to stay as they are.   Thanks to Ella Frances Sanders’ book, Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words from Around the World, we now get these quirky phrases and what they mean. The mark left on your skin after wearing something tight? There’s a name for that. That homesick feeling for a …

The Guardian Wants You to Help Name the Greatest English-Language Novels

The Guardian Wants You to Help Name the Greatest English-Language Novels

Have you seen The Guardian’s list of the 100 Best Novels Written in English? Put together by writer Robert McCrum, the list is pretty comprehensive; but, if you ask The Guardian‘s readers–it has its flaws. The Guardian’s avid readers were quick to critique every aspect of McCrum’s list, including his methodology (McCrum limited himself to one book per author) and the list’s diversity (readers noted a lack of women authors, authors of color, Irish authors, Nigerian authors, Indian authors, and even Canadian authors.) Individual authors omitted include David Foster Wallace and Kurt Vonnegut. The angry readers have a point; looking at the list, …