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10 Wise Words That Will Make You Laugh
Netscape Fun and Games ^ | 4/25/06 | Netscape Channels

Posted on 04/25/2006 6:35:26 PM PDT by twippo

English may be a grand language, but sometimes you need to draw on another language to find the absolute perfect word to describe a situation. This list of 10 words is proof positive.

They were assembled by former BBC quiz-show researcher Adam Jacot de Boinod and published in his new book, "The Meaning of Tingo," which draws on intriguing words and phrases culled from more than 154 languages. It took two years, 280 dictionaries and 140 Web sites, as well as consultations with various foreign embassies, to conduct the research. Why did he write the book? de Boinod told the BBC News, "I'm trying to celebrate the joy of foreign words."

Tingo: A Pascuense language word from Easter Island that means borrowing items from a pal's house, one by one, until there is nothing left.

Kummerspeck: a German word that literally means "grief bacon" but refers to the excess weight gained from emotion-related overeating.

Bakku-shan: Japanese for a woman who "seems pretty when seen from behind but not from the front."

Ulykkesbilen: Danish for an "ill-fated car."

Putzfimmel: German word that means a mania for cleaning.

Nakkele: From Tulu, India, this describes a man who licks whatever the food has been served on.

Katahara itai: Japanese for laughing so hard that one side of your stomach hurts.

Drachenfutter: A German word that is "dragon fodder" when translated literally, but means the peace offerings made by guilty husbands to their wives.

Plimpplampplettere: Dutch for skimming stones.

Backpfeifengesicht: German for a face that cries out for a fist in it.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Miscellaneous; Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: chat; foreign; foreignlanguage; funny; funnywords; humor; wisewords

1 posted on 04/25/2006 6:35:30 PM PDT by twippo
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To: twippo
Backpfeifengesicht: German for a face that cries out for a fist in it.

Howard Dean?

2 posted on 04/25/2006 6:37:42 PM PDT by don-o
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To: twippo

bookmark


3 posted on 04/25/2006 6:39:27 PM PDT by Talking_Mouse (Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just... Thomas Jefferson)
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To: twippo

No Schadenfreude?


4 posted on 04/25/2006 6:40:14 PM PDT by Koblenz (Holland: a very tolerant country. Until someone shoots you on a public street in broad daylight...)
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To: twippo

LOL! The Germans have quite the vocabulary: Drachenfutter and Backpfeifengesicht ROFL!

I always liked "deja vu" myself.


5 posted on 04/25/2006 6:43:09 PM PDT by phantomworker (What thy hand finds to do, do it with thy might, for there is nothing in the grave where thou goest.)
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To: twippo

Widjadidja - A redneck word that asks if you brung yer truck widja.


6 posted on 04/25/2006 6:48:17 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Never a minigun handy when you need one.)
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To: twippo

Thanks and bookmark.


7 posted on 04/25/2006 6:53:51 PM PDT by elkfersupper
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To: twippo

Bakku-shan: Japanese for a woman who "seems pretty when seen from behind but not from the front."

Butterface: English for a woman who "looks good everywhere else but her face.


8 posted on 04/25/2006 6:55:02 PM PDT by Scribbz (Navy brat and proud!)
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To: don-o

Helen Thomas?


9 posted on 04/25/2006 6:56:11 PM PDT by twippo
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To: twippo

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10 posted on 04/25/2006 7:01:51 PM PDT by Sam Cree (Delicacy, precision, force)
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To: twippo
Learn English.....frikkin foreigners
11 posted on 04/25/2006 7:02:17 PM PDT by SouthernFreebird
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To: twippo

I am a helpless victim of chronic Putzfimmelophobia.


12 posted on 04/25/2006 7:04:25 PM PDT by pax_et_bonum
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To: twippo

bump


13 posted on 04/25/2006 7:06:52 PM PDT by Chickensoup (The water in the pot is getting warmer, froggies.The water in the pot is getting warmer, froggies.)
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To: twippo
Bakku-shan: Japanese for a woman who "seems pretty when seen from behind but not from the front."

What about the reverse? Frontu-shan: "seems pretty when seen from front but not from the back" :)
14 posted on 04/25/2006 7:09:27 PM PDT by hypocritter
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To: don-o
Backpfeifengesicht

ROFL

15 posted on 04/25/2006 7:10:11 PM PDT by delacoert
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To: don-o

Moussawi.


16 posted on 04/25/2006 7:10:23 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: twippo

I have been a victim of the Bakku-shan many times.


17 posted on 04/25/2006 7:18:02 PM PDT by edpc
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To: twippo

English is a simple language, otherwise it would not have become the "Pidgin" of the world. Try German, Polish or Chinese for complexity.


18 posted on 04/25/2006 7:20:02 PM PDT by seppel
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To: edpc
I have been a victim of the Bakku-shan many times.

Those damn beards are hard to see through long beautiful hair from the rear!LOL.

19 posted on 04/25/2006 7:30:08 PM PDT by Randy Larsen (what he felt when he shot the insurgent with his sniper rifle he responded..."f**king recoil...what)
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To: twippo
Bakku-shan: Japanese for a woman who "seems pretty when seen from behind but not from the front."

I remember a guy telling me that my friend Caroline was an "O."

"An O?" I asked.

"Yeah." He said. "You see her from the back and you say Oh!" (lustfully.) "Then you see her face and (wince) go 'Oh!!'"

20 posted on 04/25/2006 7:31:33 PM PDT by wizardoz
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To: twippo
Kummerspeck: a German word that literally means "grief bacon" but refers to the excess weight gained from emotion-related overeating.

Could also be defined as the much detested "Pecker Track".

21 posted on 04/25/2006 7:32:53 PM PDT by Randy Larsen (what he felt when he shot the insurgent with his sniper rifle he responded..."f**king recoil...what)
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To: twippo

The German have a lot of great words.


SCHADENFRUEDE!


22 posted on 04/25/2006 7:33:44 PM PDT by Feiny (Now go bang your heads on your desks until something useful comes out!)
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To: AnnaZ; dead

I wish this list included pronunciations....


23 posted on 04/25/2006 7:34:26 PM PDT by Feiny (Now go bang your heads on your desks until something useful comes out!)
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To: seppel

If gh is pronounced P in Hiccough...
If ough is pronounced O in Dough...
If phth is pronounced T in Phthisis...
If eigh is pronounced A in Neighbour...
If tte is pronounced T in Gazette...
If eau is pronounced O in Plateau...
...then it should be possible to spell potato as ghoughphtheightteeau.

(Origin unknown)


24 posted on 04/25/2006 7:34:38 PM PDT by twippo
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To: twippo
Backpfeifengesicht: German for a face that cries out for a fist in it.

Katahara itai!
25 posted on 04/25/2006 7:35:47 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the occupation media.)
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To: pax_et_bonum

lol!


26 posted on 04/25/2006 7:37:36 PM PDT by uncitizen
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To: hypocritter

Probably "Furontu-shan", as Japanese syllables end in vowels or "n", so consonant sounds are usually broken up with vowels.


27 posted on 04/25/2006 7:38:51 PM PDT by twippo
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To: uncitizen

Remember the mysterious killer rabbit that attacked President Carter when he was fishing?

Truth is, one of my dust bunnies escaped.

:-)


28 posted on 04/25/2006 7:44:40 PM PDT by pax_et_bonum
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To: Randy Larsen

Gonna be a good thread....


29 posted on 04/25/2006 7:45:53 PM PDT by MadelineZapeezda (If you right click on Madeline Albright's image, my name should show up!)
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To: feinswinesuksass
Already stole 'em all... (dated a Kraut for years)... now, to use them in sentences...

= )

30 posted on 04/25/2006 7:48:39 PM PDT by AnnaZ (Victory at all costs-in spite of all terror-however long and hard the road may be-for survival)
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To: feinswinesuksass
Thanks for the ping. Great stuff.

I'm pretty sure I'll be able to pronounce "kummerspeck" should the need arise.

And it will.

31 posted on 04/25/2006 8:04:48 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: twippo

bump fopr later.


32 posted on 04/25/2006 8:07:02 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: twippo
Bakku-shan: Japanese for a woman who "seems pretty when seen from behind but not from the front."

We have a word for this also........Two-Bagger

33 posted on 04/25/2006 8:13:08 PM PDT by Michael.SF. ("Cynicism, is an unpleasant way of telling the truth" -- Lillian Hellman)
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To: don-o

ping for later. Thanks for the comic relief...and an idea for the next party!!!


34 posted on 04/25/2006 8:36:59 PM PDT by YouGoTexasGirl
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To: twippo

Bakku-shan should have a sniglet-like variation that would describe the shock of seeing the front of someone you assumed was a woman, and lusted after, when seen from the rear, but discovered was a man when you finally saw from the front----"bakku-shan-shame"?


35 posted on 04/25/2006 8:52:19 PM PDT by willyboyishere
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To: feinswinesuksass

One of my favorite German words is "Muckefuck." I think it means "coffee substitute."


36 posted on 04/25/2006 9:09:11 PM PDT by 04-Bravo
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To: twippo

Backpfeifengesicht: German for a face that cries out for a fist in it.

Do you know how long I've been searching for a single word for this assclown?

37 posted on 04/25/2006 9:12:24 PM PDT by SlowBoat407 (The best stuff happens just before the thread snaps.)
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To: twippo
My top four:

Tingo: A Pascuense language word from Easter Island that means borrowing items from a pal's house, one by one, until there is nothing left.
Bakku-shan: Japanese for a woman who "seems pretty when seen from behind but not from the front.
"Drachenfutter: A German word that is "dragon fodder" when translated literally, but means the peace offerings made by guilty husbands to their wives.
Backpfeifengesicht: German for a face that cries out for a fist in it.

38 posted on 04/25/2006 9:18:51 PM PDT by Tench_Coxe
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To: 04-Bravo

I wonder how it's umm, pronounced.


39 posted on 04/25/2006 9:19:45 PM PDT by twippo
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To: SlowBoat407

Todd Schnitt listener?


40 posted on 04/25/2006 9:20:17 PM PDT by twippo
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To: phantomworker; mikrofon; martin_fierro

Sitzpinkler: German for a man who pees like a woman.


41 posted on 04/25/2006 9:20:27 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Ich bin ein Tagliner.)
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To: twippo

This is worth a bookmark


42 posted on 04/25/2006 9:25:50 PM PDT by skr (We cannot play innocents abroad in a world that is not innocent.-- Ronald Reagan)
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To: twippo

Office Space fan (although Todd Schnitt used to broadcast locally here in Hampton Roads)


43 posted on 04/25/2006 9:38:02 PM PDT by SlowBoat407 (The best stuff happens just before the thread snaps.)
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To: twippo
Fahrvergnugen??
44 posted on 04/25/2006 10:05:57 PM PDT by JRios1968 (E=mc3...the origin of "friends don't let friends derive drunk.")
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To: hypocritter; twippo
And then there's bakku-tran.

That's where you see a really sexy longhaired chick from behind and then you discover it's a guy.

45 posted on 04/26/2006 12:02:09 AM PDT by Erasmus (Eat beef. Someone has to control the cow population!)
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To: Charles Henrickson; martin_fierro; twippo

Nakkid nakkeling opportunity...

46 posted on 04/26/2006 5:59:35 AM PDT by mikrofon ('Baby got Bakku-shan?)
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To: twippo; mikrofon; Charles Henrickson; Tijeras_Slim
Kummerspeck: a German word that literally means "grief bacon" but refers to the excess weight gained from emotion-related overeating.
Putzfimmel: German word that means a mania for cleaning.
Drachenfutter: A German word that is "dragon fodder" when translated literally, but means the peace offerings made by guilty husbands to their wives.
Backpfeifengesicht: German for a face that cries out for a fist in it.

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47 posted on 04/26/2006 6:04:13 AM PDT by martin_fierro (Then there's "Schadenfreude")
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To: don-o
My choice, too, but in a dead heat with Ted Kennedy.

48 posted on 04/26/2006 6:16:47 AM PDT by William Terrell (Individuals can exist without government but government can't exist without individuals.)
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