Tingo: Lapses in English

Discussion in 'The NAAFI Bar' started by Rocketeer, Sep 29, 2005.

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  1. Seems there are some laspes in the Queen's English "as she is spoke.."

    some things just don't have ' name ' in the Oxford Lexicon or Unabridged Dictionary..

    There is no English equivalent for:

    katahara itai [ Japanese ] : laughing so hard that one side of your stomach hurts.

    gigi rongak [ Malaysian ] : the gap between your front teeth

    this is an important one:

    bakku-shan [ Japanese ] : a woman who appears pretty from behind but is a right f**k from the front

    kummerspeck [ German ] the excess weight gained from emotional binge eating

    and another one from zee Chermans:

    drachenfutter [ had to fall back on this once or twice ]: the peace offering made by guilty husbands to their wives/sweeties

    and, oh those Russians, they think of everything!

    koshatnik: a dealer in stolen cats

    and we all know one or two of these types, I'm sure [or heard of them at least ]:

    aviador [ Spanish ] : a government employee who only shows up on payday
  2. OldSnowy

    OldSnowy LE Moderator Book Reviewer

    As noted elsewhere - UK equivelent of Bakku-Shan is a Kronenbourg.

    Looks 16 from behind, 64 from the front.
  3. And the English for 'gigi rongak' is 'diastema'.

  4. Gat toothed as Chaucer would have said.