-7- Mamihlapinatapei

Standard

Noun. From Yaghan.

“The looks two people share with one another, without saying a word, before reluctantly starting a task”

laurel_hardy2011metro_span-12

Perhaps one of the harder words to pronounce so far (it sounds something like ma-mi-la-pi-na-ta-pay with the ‘l’ sounding like the Welsh ‘ll’).

And one of the most specific (it was once referred to as the ‘most succinct’ word to translate by the Guinness Book of World Records).

And from a near-extinct language (Yaghan is based in Chile and there is only 1 native speaker left in the world).

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s