Toujours Tingo: Weird words and bizarre phrases
Toujours Tingo, a book by Adam Jacot de Boinod, lists weird words and
bizarre phrases from around the world. The "tingo" of its title is an
Easter Island word, meaning to borrow objects from a friend's house one
by one until there are none left.
Gwarlingo: Welsh description of the sound of a grandfather clock before
Pisan zapra: Malay for the time needed to eat a banana.
Layogenic: Filipino for someone good-looking from afar but ugly up close.
Mouton enragé : French for someone calm who loses their temper -
literally, "an enraged sheep".
Kati-kehari: Hindi meaning to have the waist of an elegant lion.
Yupienalle: Swedish for a mobile phone - literally, "yuppie teddy" like
a security blanket.
Ikibari: Japanese, a "lively needle" and describing a man who is willing
Tantenverführer: German for a young man with suspiciously good manners.
Fensterln: German for climbing through a window to avoid someone's
parents so you can have sex without them knowing.
Stroitel: Russian for a man who likes to have sex with two women at the
Okuri-okami: Japanese for a man who feigns thoughtfulness by offering to
see a girl home only to try to molest her once he gets in the door -
literally, a "see-you-home wolf"
Trennungsagentur: German for someone hired by a woman to tell her
boyfriend he has been dumped.
Momma ko ene: Cheyenne for having red eyes from crying over your
boyfriend marrying someone else.
Kanjus Makkhichus: Hindi description of someone so tight that if a fly
falls into their tea they'll fish it out and suck it dry before throwing
Tlazlimquiztli: Aztec for the smell of adulterers.
Nosom Para Oblake: Serbian for "he is ripping clouds with his nose",
describing someone conceited.
Traer la lengua de corbata: Latin American Spanish for to be exhausted -
literally, to have your tongue hanging out like a man's tie
Sjostygg: Norwegian for someone so ugly the tide refuses to come in if
they stand on the shore.
Lolo: Hawaiian for someone who would gladly give you the time if only
they could read a clock.
Lalew: Filipino word meaning to grieve so much you can't eat.
Nito-onna: Japanese for a woman so dedicated to her career that she has
no time to iron blouses and so resorts to dressing only in knitted tops.
Buaya darat: Indonesian for a man who fools women into thinking he's a
very faithful lover when in fact he goes out with many different women
at the same time - literally, a land crocodile
Chantepleurer: French for singing at the same time as crying.
Hira hira: Japanese for the fear you get from walking into a decrepit
old house in the middle of the night.
Les avoir a zero: French for "to have one's testicles down to zero", or
Du kannst mir gern den buckel runterrutschen und mit der zunge bremsen:
Austrian for "go to hell" literally "You can slide down my hunchback
using your tongue as a brake".