Sep 2nd 2012

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Foreign words that should be added to the English language

The English language is known to be a very rich language, with many English words adapted to foreign languages. But what about the opposite? Here’s a list of our favorite foreign words that should be translated and added to the English dictionary.

We hope you enjoy, feel free to contribute to this list!


1. Age-otori (Japanese): To look worse after a haircut.

2. Arigata-meiwaku (Japanese): An unwelcome favor, an act someone does for you that you didn’t want to have them do and tried to avoid having them do, but they still did that act anyway.

3. Gigil (pronounced Gheegle; Filipino): Trembling or gritting of the teeth in response to a situation that overwhelms your self-control, specifically when seeing something very cute (for example, a baby).

4. Pochemuchka (Russian): A person who asks too many questions.

5. Mokita (New Guinean):  A truth we all know but agree not to talk about

6. Pesamenteiro (Portuguese): It is someone who goes to a funeral, or the house of the mourning family, for the food and drink that is expected to be served instead of to offer their condolences.

7. Shemomedjamo (Georgian): To eat past the point of being full just because the food tastes good.

8. Pilkunnussija (Finnish): A person with exceptional and unnecessary attention to detail, and specifically a person who believes it is their destiny to stamp out all spelling and punctuation mistakes.

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The Ginger Team

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10 Responses to “Foreign words that should be added to the English language”

  1. nitin on September 6th, 2012

    I think people all over the world should submit their words wich should be added to various languages . This will help a lot in diversifying languages as well as cultures .
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  4. Eldad on September 13th, 2012

    A great program, thank you!
    Did not find where else to contact Ginger team.
    Do you plan to make it work with more applications? – PLEASE do, this will make it so much better. The most needed are
    Outlook Express and WordPad.
    Will you please consider?
    Thanks, Eldad

    • Efratk on September 16th, 2012

      Hi Eldad!
      Thanks for your great feedback :)
      We’ll contact you via E-mail.
      The Ginger Team

  5. Eldad on September 13th, 2012

    Re. my previous comment: the word “sorry,” belongs at the start of the 2nd line.
    Sorry about that!

  6. Cyprus flights on September 28th, 2012

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  7. THOMASTAYLOR on December 18th, 2012

    Great post. I agree totally. The problem that English speakers have learning other languages is the limited amount of fluent native speech they get to hear in the language they are trying to learn.

  8. Mary Queen on July 25th, 2015

    Why no language FILIPINO ginger?? I need Filipino to English.

  9. Kimi Abes on February 27th, 2017

    “Great Blogpost!


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