Beautiful & Untranslatable: Words from Around the World

While English increases in popularity, there are words and phrases commonly found in various other languages that will never be directly translatable. We’re here to celebrate these beautiful, strange, and often elaborate expressions that hold importance to their respective cultures.


In both Czech and Slovak languages, this fun word represents the action to call a phone, only to have it ring once, so that the other person will feel the need to call you back.

Some may compare this to a ‘prank phone call’ in the United States, but the main meanings in Czech countries are to save money on outgoing calls (while making the other person pay for it) or to locate a misplaced cell phone.

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