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Tuna ice-cream

A few weeks ago, the Metro had an article about So Bad So Good's 25 Handy Words That Simply Don't Exist in English.

Other words I have been thinking about recently include "souffle" ("breath" in French), and the fact that paper, hair and God sound the same when you say them in Japanese. I ate Sicilian cactus fruit ice-cream recently and verticalsun26 told me prickly pears are also called "tuna". I ate tuna!

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That ice cream sounds positively ethereal in its goodness.

Desire.

I think I preferred the Sicilian cactus fruit ice-cream to the mulberry sorbet I last tried, but the Sicilian cactus fruit flavour did taste a little envelopey (this may be because I was told that cactus fruit is used to make the sticky bit that you lick on envelopes.)

"Schadenfreude" may be better known in English than German. "Ucalegon" has its uses in both.

I didn't know the word "Ucalegon", but have now looked that one up, and hope I don't really ever need to use it, although it is quite satisfying to say.

"Ucalegon" is more useful than it might seem - I can imagine using the concept when speaking about Spanish banks or at Jubilee street parties.

Excellent. I like 'lekker' in Dutch, which means tasty but for any or all of the senses; a hot drink on a cold day is 'lekker warm', and to wish someone a good night's sleep you say 'slaap lekker'.

'Lekker' sounds like a useful word!

From the Shipwreck Museum in Hastings, I learnt the Dutch word 'kraken'. :)

"Lekker" in Afrikaans fills much the same role as "nice". i.e. it's positive, but not very specific. Languages need general words too!

Including German words in these lists is, I feel, a bit of a cheat since they are just several words stitched together.

And I'd also like to propose one of my favourite Finnish words for inclusion: "avanto" which means the hole in the ice (in a lake or the sea) you make to go swimming in the winter.

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