This week’s WOTW is maliënkolder – and means chain mail in Dutch. I realise this might not immediately strike you as the most useful word in the world, but if you ever find yourself in the middle of a battle-ground in medieval Holland, you’ll be glad you knew it.
I can’t think of any phrase in the English language equivalent to ‘güle güle kullan’.
This is such a fantabulous word because all it means is magic. I will pretentiously be trying to drop this into as many convos as possible this week.
Just under half the population of Ireland speak Irish Gaelic to an extent – it’s a compulsory subject in schools. However, only a very small percentage of people there speak Gaelic fluently as a first language (it’s estimated to be 3% of the population).
Pronounced dee-a gwit, this Irish greeting means literally ‘God be with you’. When someone says it to you, the reply is, interestingly, ‘Mary be with you’.
So nilovka doesn’t just mean awkward, it also means slightly impolite. Which could get a bit nilovka when you don’t know if someone is talking about an awkward situation or a slightly impolite situation. Somehow, the Russians seem to deal with it…
Existenzangst is a German word meaning literally a fear of existence
“Viele menschen leiden unter Existenzangst” – many people are deeply worried about their future (for example GCSE results next week ha ha)
Guess I’ll be using this word a lot over the next 7 days…….
This is used either for
something that’s really awesome
or to describe someone who’s
Plus it sounds nice