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20 Untranslatable Words from Around the World (Matador Network) Archives

You know that hesitant feeling you get when you’re about to introduce someone and can’t remember their name? There’s a word for that – just not one in English. Likewise for “jayus,” the Indonesian word for a joke that is so unfunny and so poorly told that you can’t help but laugh. These are just two of 20 words that just don’t exist among the more than 250,000 words in the English language.