A List of Untranslateable Words

One of my deepest obsessions is with words- and how they can hold so much meaning within them. They come laced with implications, associations, and historical contexts… they are charged with positive or negative connotations… They are gendered and multifaceted and can induce entire sensory experiences.

The following is a list of words that do not exist in the english language. They speak to the variation of reality between different cultures, and they make us aware of phenomenon that we wouldn’t ordinarily recognize, because they lacks their own terms in our language, but that are simply beautiful.

Credit to my friend Matt Sperry for showing this list to me!


Leave a Reply