Idioms can tell us a lot about how people use language and interact with one another. They also somehow mirror certain people’s culture as they have very specific cultural meanings that convey societal standards, principles, and beliefs. Because the cultures of the world are beautifully diverse, the idioms that each language uses are unique and may have unexpected meanings at times. We’ve gathered some truly amazing idioms from around the world to showcase this diversity and we hope they appeal to your nerdy brains.
Alsof er een engeltje over je tong piest
Literal translation: As if a small angel pees on your tongue.
Meaning: you absolutely love the food that you’re eating.
Estou cagando e andando
Literal translation: I’m shitting and walking.
Meaning: I don’t give a damn.
Finns det hjärterum så finns det stjärterum.
Literal translation: If there is room in the heart, there is room for the butt.
Meaning: If we care about you, we’ll make room for you to join us.
Avoir les fesses entre deux chaises.
Literal translation: Having the buttcheeks between two chairs.
Meaning: Being indecisive and tormented in a dilemmatic situation that you can’t choose between two things.
No tener pelos en la lengua.
Literal translation: Not to have hairs on your tongue.
Meaning: To tell it like it is.
Literal translation: A zucchini bite
Meaning: A short period of time.
Tong kosong nyaring bunyinya.
Literal translation: An empty vessel makes the most noise.
Meaning: those know so little tend to talk too much.
Ennen sian pieremää.
Literal translation: Before the pig’s fart
Meaning: very early in the morning.
Péter plus haut que son cul.
Literal translation: To fart higher than one’s arse.
Meaning: to be arrogant.
Literal translation: A foolish man gives his wife a grand piano. A wise man gives his wife an upright organ.
Meaning: *it’s up to you*
É de cair o cu da bunda
Literal translation: That makes my anus fall out of my ass.
Meaning: used when something very bad and shocking happens.
اللسان مافيهش عضم
Literal translation: The tongue doesn’t have a bone.
Meaning: actions speak louder than words.
If my aunt had balls, she’d be my uncle.
Meaning: It is fruitless to speculate about counterfactual situations.
Of je worst lust?
Literal translation: Do you like sausage?
Meaning: used when someone asks a very obvious question.
før fanden får sko på
Literal Transaltion: Before the devil puts his shoes on
Meaning: Early in the morning.
If you’ll pardon my French.
Meaning: Informal apology for the use of profane, swear or taboo words.
Más sabe el diablo por viejo que por diablo.
Literal translation: The devil knows more because he’s old than because he’s the devil.
Meaning: Wisdom comes with age.
Pasuje ako rit na serbel.
Literal translation: fits like a bum on a potty.
Meaning: Fits perfectly.
Halva-halva deməklə ağız şirin olmaz.
Literal translation: Mouth will not be sweet when you say “sweet”
Meaning: Just talking won’t get things done. In order to make your mouth sweet, you should act rather than just talk.
Literal translation: Grabbing poop is better than grabbing fart.
Meaning: Having something in your hands is better than having nothing.
Literal translation: When the Ravens turn white.
Meaning: Never going to happen.
Tamu ikizidi tamu, si tamu tena.
Literal translation: If sweetness is excessive, it is no longer sweetness.
Meaning: Overdoing something is not good.
كون مهبول تشبع كسور
Literal Translation: pretend to be insane and you will gain bread.