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Just stop arguing - you can't outargue me. I won't respond to anything more you say here that isn't constructive.

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I wish there were a clear and concise word in English for the Japanese 貧乏揺すり binbōyusuri: unconscious tapping or shaking, especially with your foot (and especially while sitting). We all know this and almost all of us do it, but there's no simple term for it.


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I would call that fidgeting, from being uncomfortable or restless. As a phenomenon, I've heard it called a "nervous or unconscious tic". It might also be called a "stim".


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FWIW, I've never seen Fremdscham. It's always the verb, sich fremdschämen 'feel ashamed for someone else'.


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I've just found out about the Latin word sopio: a caricature of a man with a large penis, like in graffiti. It's something we see in everyday life but have no name for!


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"to obligate sbdy to accomodate you"

"I don't typically eat meat, but I didn't say anything at that point because I didn't want to _______ him."


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Perhaps this is in the wrong thread, but flipping through a Tangut dictionary, I found that it has a single word for "excrement of insects".


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2013 2:59 am 
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The Tohono O'odham have such a single word as well.

I know this because they, in a moment of poetic semantic drift, applied it to punctuation. Commas, quote marks, periods, and so forth are, collectively, "fly shit". This is in the O'odham dictionary, at any rate.


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Tonkawa has a word for "to kill someone by an ejection of fetid fluid".


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 6:30 pm 
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At least Anglicize it entirely? Morningmuffle?

Unfortunately since we already have muffle it is unlikely to work out well...

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'Chiaroscuro' is one which I wish English had coined first. We've pretty much borrowed it straight from the Italian.


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