"They said take a left, right??"


We are big fans of words here at The Quizmasters. That is befitting of a trivia company, of course, but we really, really like words (which is not evidenced in that hideous double use of "really", by the by.) Beyond just using words to make questions, we enjoy writing questions about words, as any subscriber will have surely noticed.

This love extends to all languages, especially as etymology is one of our favorite things to include in our trivia. Sometimes, a word (or phrase) doesn't exist in English at all, in any form, even though it definitely should. 

Here are a few examples of  Words We Need in English:

 Going "akihi" (Hawaiian)

Going Akihi (Hawaiian) Listening to directions then walking away and completely forgetting them.

We've all done this. Asking once is awkward enough. Asking again? Impossible. Thankfully, Google maps has made this a less common occurrence but it's never going to be truly extinct.

 Glas wen (Welsh)

Glas wen (Welsh) A sarcastic or mocking smile.

The fact that we don't have an equivalent of this in English is a travesty. Thank you, Wales, for providing us with this gem. (Said without a glas wen, we assure you.)

Hygge

Hygge (Danish) A quality of coziness; being warm, comfortable,  and safe.

This one has made the internet rounds for awhile now but nothing about a perfect state of coziness can ever go out of style, so this definitely makes the list.

Kalsarikänni

Kalsarikänni (Finnish) Getting drunk in one's underpants at home, usually alone.

Whether you admit to identifying with this concept or not, having one word instead of nine is a pithy delight (BONUS: it's way less to say when you're drunk!)

We come across new examples of this all the time during our writing process (and from our trivia teams at the local quiz we host, which is where we got that last one, by the way) so, there's more whence this came.