Grief Bacon: Words we don’t have in English, but should!

Sometimes you are looking for that word and you just cannot find it in English,
perhaps another language can help:

  1. Kummerspeck: literally means “grief bacon,” but actually means gaining weight from eating your feelings (German)
  2. Abbiocco: a feeling of drowsiness after stuffing yourself full of food (Italian)
  3. Forelsket: It is not love. It is not passion or lust or infatuation. It is a kind of bliss. A kind of effervescent joy. The unbearable lightness of being that accompanies falling in love.
  4. Schemomedjamo: to eat past the point of being full because the food is that good (Georgian)
  5. L’appel du vide: a feeling familiar to anyone who has climbed to the top of a mountain, looked over a bridge or stood on the edge of a balcony. It translates to “the call of the void.” It is the siren song that faintly compels you to jump. (French)
  6. Tartle: The nearly onomatopoeic word for that panicky hesitation just before you have to introduce someone whose name you can’t remember. (Scottish)
  7. Gigil: The urge to pinch or squeeze something that is irresistibly cute. (Filipino)
  8. Bakku-shan: Describes the experience of seeing a woman who appears pretty from behind but not from the front. (Japanese)
  9. L’esprit de l’escalier: Literally, “stairwell wit” — a too-late retort thought of only after departure. (French)
  10. Bilita Mpash: An amazing dream. Not just a “good” dream; the opposite of a nightmare. (Bantu)

And sometimes there are just no words:




11 Comments on “Grief Bacon: Words we don’t have in English, but should!”

  1. happyfreeconfusedlonelyatthesametime says:

    What does it say about us Germans that we have a word like that? 😀

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  2. L’esprit de l’escalier is something I constantly struggle with. 😀

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  3. Tartle is something I really relate to! Forelsket is beautiful, what language is it?

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    • dievca says:

      Hello Luv! I saw you are back. I’m really behind on catching up – but I will get there. XO Forelsket is Norwegian — I just realized that I didn’t put where it came from.

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      • ❤️ nice to see you are still going strong! Great posts with your distinct and delightful flavour! Xo

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      • dievca says:

        It’s been interesting to watch the people who visit through the years. And how what’s going on in society or how media changes the viewers. It has been suggested by my fashion friends to move to Instagram – but then you don’t write…50 Shades is done so the BDSM crowd is lighter. M has been sick, so I don’t write about him/D-s as much. Interesting trends.

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  4. I got constant tartles, on a daily basis. How nice to have another word to my usual ”blackout” or ”big black hole” 🙂

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