Untranslatable Words From Other Cultures


“Italian: Culaccino, The mark left on a table by a cold glass.”

Ella Frances Sanders of Maptia has created “11 Untranslatable Words From Other Cultures” which visualizes eleven “wonderful, untranslatable, if slightly elusive, words” that “cannot be properly explained across cultures.” See all the illustrations at the Maptia blog.


“Indonesian: Jayus, Their slang for someone who tells a joke so badly, that is so unfunny you cannot help but laugh out loud.”

Pana Po'O

“Hawaiian: Pana Po?o, You know when you forget where you’ve put the keys, and you scratch your head because it somehow seems to help your remember? This is the word for it.”

via Visual.ly