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Reposting this here because Cracked tends to get pretty raunchy and I thought this deserved wider exposure. Most of the text is theirs, some commentary is mine.

Shemomedjamo (Georgian)
""Shemomedjamo" is the act of eating to the point where your body says, "OK, we did it! We're all done now," and then muscling through another three steaks."

Kummerspeck (German)
"Kummerspeck" translates to "grief bacon," a word that finally acknowledges that when we are under a crushing weight of sadness or stress, many of us skip alcohol and narcotics in favor of delicious fried meats.

Hikikomori (Japanese)
A teenager or 20-something who has withdrawn from social life, often obsessed with TV and video games. Psychologists in Japan think the epidemic is linked to societal pressures and constant bullying.

Gadrii Nombor Shulen Jongu (Tibetan)
Giving an answer that is unrelated to the question.
"Gadrii nombor shulen jongu" translates literally to "giving a green answer to a blue question," and you won't find a gushier spring of it than in political debates.

Iktsuarpok (Inuit)
To go outside to check if an expected visitor has arrived, over and over again. In other words, going back to Facebook ten minutes after you last checked and expecting it to look like this:

Kaelling (Danish)
An ugly, miserable woman who yells obscenities at her kids. If you claim to have never seen one of these, go to the laundromat. Or Wal-Mart. Or maybe it's the woman who lives down the street and offers a Master's class in parenting to everyone in earshot.

Neidbau (German)
"Envy building"
A building (often of little or no value to the proprietor) constructed with the sole purpose of harassing or inconveniencing his neighbor in some way. A perfect example of this is found here.

Pochemuchka (Russian)
A person who asks too many questions.
The meeting was over. Everything was all wrapped and couldn't have been clearer. But not for this guy. He wants times, dates, definitions, measurements. The endless stream of questions begins. And they are all staggeringly boring.

Pilkunnussija (Finnish)
Um. How do you define this politely? It's someone who does the nasty with commas.
A person who believes it is their destiny to stamp out all spelling and punctuation mistakes at the cost of popularity, self-esteem and mental well-being. The Germans have a similar word that deals with all areas, not just grammar: Korinthenkacker. It mean someone who craps currants. I've known too many people like this, colleagues and bosses included.

With thanks to my Lantra colleague who reminded me of this strip.

It's particularly rampant among editors:

If you're OK with sophomoric vulgarity, the original article from Cracked is here.

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Feb. 29th, 2012 02:43 am (UTC)
I love this! ;)
Feb. 29th, 2012 04:35 pm (UTC)
I'm glad for your version, simply because Cracked tends to suck me in. I don't want to lose hours today.
Feb. 29th, 2012 05:58 pm (UTC)


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