10 Words When 1 Will Do?  

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9/26/2005 11:28 am

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10 Words When 1 Will Do?


Apologies to regular BBC News readers who have already seen these today, but for your entertainment tonight I give you a few words that perhaps English could borrow from other languages:

bakku-shan (Japanese) - a girl who appears pretty from behind but not from the front

Drachenfutter (German) - literal translation: dragon fodder, meaning: peace offerings made by guilty husbands to their wives

uitwaaien (Dutch) - walking in windy weather for fun

plimpplampplettere (Dutch again) - skimming stones

tingo (Pascuense language of Easter Island) - to borrow objects from a friend's house, one by one, until there's nothing left

My mood is: tongue-tied

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