Friday, September 12, 2008

As Promised

As promised, here are the ten most-difficult-to-translate English words. According to the same source, they are:

1. plenipotentiary
2. gobbledegook
3. serendipity
4. poppycock
5. googly
6. Spam
7. whimsy
8. bumf
9. chuffed
10. kitsch

There are some pretty interesting words here. Some of them are just plain fun to say, but I bet you’ll have to have a dictionary for a few of them. I did.
OK. I have to admit that I can't help but wonder why anybody would even eat Spam, much less speak about it in a situation that has to be translated. Maybe they are warning newcomers to our great country: "Enjoy yourselves. Live it up. But whatever else you do while you're in America, don't eat the Spam!"

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