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Valued Borrowings

3 June, 2014

The Meaning of Tingo by Adam Jacot de Boinod, plus such sites as Wordsolver and Listverse, have helped me compile a mind-spinning list of imported words. A little tricky to use many in a sentence, but that also means very few (if any) have ever been clued before.

Before now, that is. Here’s the list, the sources, and the meaning of the exotic platoon. Only the intrepid will venture forth for this low-key, high-strain Storm to convert any of the borrowings into clues. Good luck, bravehearts.

Kummerspeck (German – ‘grief bacon’) – weight gained via emotional eating

Sobremesa (Spanish – ‘table top’) – conversation the continues after a meal

Bakku-shan (Japanese) – a woman who “seems pretty when seen from behind but not from the front.”

Ulykkesbilen (Danish) – an “ill-fated car.”

Putzfimmel (German) – a mania for cleaning

Katahara itai (Japanese) – laughing so hard that one side of your stomach hurts

Drachenfutter (German – ‘dragon fodder’) – peace offerings made by guilty husbands to their wives

Plimpplampplettere (Dutch) – the game of skimming stones

Hygge (Danish) – complete absence of anything annoying

Ilunga (Bantu) – person you can forgive twice, but not three times

Kyoikumama (Japanese – ‘education mother’) – woman who pushes her kids to achieve at school

Sitzpinkler (German – ‘sit-urinater) – man who sits to pee; a fop

Backpfeifengesicht (German – ‘cheek-pipe-face’) – face/person in serious need of punching

Handschuhschneeballwerfer (German – glove-snowball-thrower) – a coward, lit. ‘one who wears gloves to throw snowballs

Who will have the Tingo zingo? Good luck.

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