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We Want These Words: Found in Translation

In this week's Happy Monday, multidisciplinary designer Anjana Iyer shines a light on words that have no English equivalent… and they're pretty spectacular

Illustration by Anjana Iyer
Illustration by Anjana Iyer

This Happy Monday, we're delighting in a series of brilliant illustrations by multidisciplinary designer Anjana Iyer, which depict "words found in foreign languages that cannot be Anglicised word for word." These form part of a project – titled Found in Translation and currently in full swing – whereby the artist has resolved to post one image a day on her Behance page for 100 days. Here, we've picked a selection of our favourites so far, from the dreamy German concept of Fernweh, "feeling homesick for a place you have never been to", to the more baffling, Pascuenese act of Tingo ("to gradually steal all the possessions out of a neighbour's house by borrowing and not returning.") Once you've read these words, we're almost certain you'll realise just how empty your vocabulary has been without them. We so hope some day they will cause you to "rire dans sa barbe" (see below).

Happy Monday! #anotherhappymonday

Follow the Found in Translation project here.