You have to actually feel or have the mentality before a word comes out on paper or in a language. Each language carries its own dictionary, with words that may or may not have an equivalent word in another language. While English maybe the most spoken language in the world, yet it is somewhat limited and cannot be used to translate all words from all the other languages of the world.
Some languages simply exceed the English language or maybe the English themselves have never thought about such words. These fun words may just give the translators a run for their money. Here are 10 such examples.
A word that comes from Russian origin, Toska is a word that Google even fails to detect. Russian novelist Vladmir Nabokov describes the word as,
“No single word in English renders all the shades of toska. At its deepest and most painful, it is a sensation of great spiritual anguish, often without any specific cause. At less morbid levels it is a dull ache of the soul, a longing with nothing to long for, a sick pining, a vague restlessness, mental throes, and yearning. In particular cases it may be the desire for somebody of something specific, nostalgia, and love-sickness. At the lowest level it grades into ennui, boredom.”
A word from the Yagan language of Tierra del Fuego, mamihlapinatapei is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the “most succinct word”. It is said to be the hardest word to translate and is described as the “unspoken yet meaningful look shared by two people who both desire to initiate something but are both reluctant to start.”
The word Jayus has its origins in Indonesian language, basically a slang word, the word might refer to a lame joke but that is not its exact meaning. In fact the word description of Jayus is “A joke so poorly told and so unfunny that one cannot help but laugh”.
The Iktsuarpok is a word of the Inuit, a group of culturally similar indigenous peoples inhabiting the Arctic regions of Canada. The word describes the feeling of anticipation when you are waiting for someone to come to your house. Therefore technically the word Iktsuarpok stands for, “To go outside to check if anyone is coming.”
Another word with no English translation, Litost comes from the language of the Czech. The author of the Book of Laughter and Forgetting, Milan Kundera remarks that “As for the meaning of this word, I have looked in vain in other languages for an equivalent, though I find it difficult to imagine how anyone can understand the human soul without it.”