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10 Ingenious Terms Other Languages Use to Talk About Food

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10 Ingenious Terms Other Languages Use to Talk About Food
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10 Ingenious Terms Other Languages Use to Talk About Food

English has adopted words from many different languages, but these ones — unfortunately — didn't make it.

Drachenfutter (German)
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Drachenfutter (German)

Nobody does compound words like the Germans. Drachenfutter (literal translation: dragon fodder) refers to the food a man uses to mollify his wife or girlfriend after he has annoyed her. 

Empacho (Spanish)
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Empacho (Spanish)

We do have a word for this in English: food coma! However, the Mexican interpretation of this term is a little more serious. It refers to the abdominal pain that hits you after you have eaten a very big meal — when the pain is severe enough that it can lead to vomiting. 

Engili (Telegu)
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Engili (Telegu)

Telegu, a language spoken in South India, has a word for a piece of food that has already been bitten into. It’s not innocuous, though; engili also translates to “defiled food.” 

Kummerspeck (German)
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Kummerspeck (German)

Move over, ice cream. Kummerspeck, which literally translates to “grief bacon,” refers to the weight gained by somebody who emotionally overeats after a romantic failure.

Lalew (Filipino)
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Lalew (Filipino)

On the opposite pole from “grief bacon,” lalew refers to someone who is so devastated that he or she eschews eating altogether.

Madárlátta (Hungarian)
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Madárlátta (Hungarian)

Madárlátta refers to food one takes along on a picnic or hike, but does not eat. The literal translation is “bird seen,” which signifies that a bird has seen the food being carried. 

Pesamenteiro (Portuguese)
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Pesamenteiro (Portuguese)

When someone goes to a funeral on the pretext of offering condolences, but is actually only there for the free food. People had to do it often enough for there to be a word for it, right?

Pisan zapra (Malay)
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Pisan zapra (Malay)

Pisan zapra refers to the time it takes to eat a banana. If only there was a word for that horrible wet chewing noise people make when they eat the mushy fruit…

Shemomedjamo (Georgian)
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Shemomedjamo (Georgian)

Every food-lover is guilty of shemomedjamo: continuing to eat food even though there is no room left in their stomachs. 

Suilk (Scots)
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Suilk (Scots)

Suilk is an old term for the act of swallowing food very, very audibly. Not sure why such we don't use such a useful term in English! 

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Shemomedjamo (Georgian)

10 Ingenious Terms Other Languages Use to Talk About Food