I think this has to be a new series.


I read an article the other day that was so good it might need to become a blog series.

It’s about words.



Stop that.

It’s going to be great, I promise.

English is a funny language and apparently if it’s not your mother tongue, can be quite difficult to learn. So naturally it stands to reason there would be a large collection of foreign words with no direct English equivalent.

Let’s explore that.


  1. Kummerspeck (German)

Excess weight gained from emotional overeating.

Literally, grief bacon.

Grief bacon!

It’s official.

Kummerspeck is now my new favorite word.




Do I like bacon?




Indeed I do.

Do I care that it’s bad for you?




No. I do not.


2. Mencolek (Indonesian)

The old trick where you tap someone lightly on the opposite shoulder from behind to fool them.


Where was this word when I was young?

I totally slayed  Mencolek in the 3rd grade.





3. Seigneur-terraces (French)

Coffee shop dwellers who sit at tables a long time, but spend very little money.



In English we just call them cheap.




4. Slampadato (Italian)

Someone addicted to the UV glow of tanning salons.

I think we all know one of those.




And finally..

5.  Pana Po’o (Hawaiian)

To scratch your head in order to help you remember something you’ve forgotten.

This is not a technique I’m familiar with, but then I’ve never been to Hawaii so what do I know?




But to hell with remembering where the keys are …

This is pure brilliance.

39 thoughts on “I think this has to be a new series.”

  1. box wine vs bottle wine? Yes, we do know the difference. I went to a fancy schmancy place for supper with Gary a couple weeks ago. Had two glasses of my white wine. It was BOX wine! AT $7.99 a glass??? How could I tell? Box wine gives me a hangover with ONE glass. Bottle wine…………does not. Two glasses? I was hurtin’………….But the place is closed now so I can do nothing about it.

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      1. Maybe, or maybe the founder was so smart they didn’t realize the translation, lol. Oh yeah bacon is good on any and everything, I just recently tried chocolate bacon, two of my favorite things and they go soooo well together! 🥓🥓🥓🍫🍫🍫

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  2. I had no idea they even made wine in a box until a couple years ago when I’d occasionally get assigned to straightening up the aisle the liquor was in at work. I don’t drink at all, so have no opinion on its quality, but it just seems like a bizarre concept….

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  3. As you know I am catching up on all of your witty ‘adventures’ so I do hope there are more posts in this series. If not I shall be very grigastagro (disappointed….not in a particular language but just a word I made up. You can have that)

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