20 Fascinating Words with no English Equivalent.

No language has all of the words, and English is no exception. While you can express the complex feeling of “insecurity, fear, concern, and envy over relative lack of possessions, status or something of great personal value, particularly in reference to a comparator, a rival, or a competitor.” with one word (i.e. jealousy), some other very simple concepts need to be expressed with more than one word, like the day after tomorrow. With input from our amazing followers at The Language Nerds, we have compiled a list of some of the most interesting words that exist in other languages but have no equivalent in English. You really don’t want to miss any of them. 

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Here is why it is impossible to know how many words a language​ has.

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People like counting. People like to compare things. These two trends are exaggerated even further on the internet. So it’s no wonder that there are websites like this, Global Language Monitor, that tout that the number of words in English as some precise number  (1,013,913 and growing at 15/day), as compared to woeful 2nd place finisher Mandarin.

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English Words You Didn’t Know Come From Arabic.

Arabic is one of the most ancient, varied, and beautifully scripted languages. It is spoken by nearly 400 million users, placing it among the most 5 spoken languages in the world. Its influence on Spanish since the time of the Moors is well known, but what’s less well known is how many commonly used English words were actually taken from Arabic. English didn’t borrow all of the words directly; they mostly came filtered through Latin, Turkish, French, Spanish, German, and/or Italian, and have changed in form — and sometimes meaning — since they left Arabic. Here is a list:

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The pathetic story behind the English word “thing”.

Ladies and gentlemen, meet the peculiar etymology of a very peculiar word: ‘thing’.

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Tracking the etymology and history of words is a fun exercise. This exercise gets even funnier when you realize that such very common words have weird etymologies. In this article, I am going to draw your attention to probably the most used noun in the English language. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the peculiar etymology of a very peculiar word: ‘thing’.   I would describe the etymology of ‘thing’ to be hilariously pathetic as would you when you read the whole story behind the word.

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