We asked the followers of the Global Lingo Twitter feed what their favourite non-English words are. There were some surprising answers as you can see.

favourite non-English words

What are your favourite non-English words? Let us know in the comment section below

Gemma  gave me her favourite non-English word: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch

The Welsh name of a village in Anglesey. This is the longest European place-name, but incredibly not the longest one in the world!


Chelsea Lund commented on Linkedin.

“Arschgeweih” – the inventive German word for “tramp stamp”. It should be mentioned that “Arschgeweih” literally translates to “ass antlers.”  Logical, those Germans.

Jacqui Pybus commented on Twitter

You asked about favourite foreign words? sterkte (Dutch) – used to wish someone strength when going through tough times :-)

… I also like gesellig – also Dutch – means cosy, friendly, appealing (like a pub with a open fire)

John Toolan commented on Twitter

The French “jouissance” …..no real English equivalent, but “to enjoy”….or “orgasm”…

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