CatchThis Blog / foreign word

Mark Skoultchi

May 28, 2014

As naming consultants, when we’re naming products or companies we generally recommend a name that’s easy and intuitive for target audiences to say and spell. But when naming babies? Well, ease of pronunciation can often take a second seat to other important factors, like cultural pride and family lineage. Yet there’s a price to pay […]

Laurel Sutton

July 24, 2009

We love language, and this series features words from various languages around the world that capture universal, but complicated, human emotions or situations. It’s fun and (gasp!) educational, too! We welcome your contributions! Today’s lesson, in a Zen mood: Wabi-sabi— It is a compound word with a long history, and carries a lot of meaning. […]

Beth Gerber

July 17, 2009

We love language, and this series features words from various languages around the world that capture universal, but complicated, human emotions or situations. It’s fun and (gasp!) educational, too! We welcome your contributions! Today’s lesson, for lovers of the arts: Duende— This Spanish word has a long and interesting history. Its original use was to […]

Laurel Sutton

July 10, 2009

We love language, and this series features words from various languages around the world that capture universal, but complicated, human emotions or situations. It’s fun and (gasp!) educational, too! We welcome your contributions! Today’s lesson – finally, a word for the thing that happens to me all the time! : Tartle— A Scottish verb meaning […]

Laurel Sutton

July 3, 2009

We love language, and this series features words from various languages around the world that capture universal, but complicated, human emotions or situations. It’s fun and (gasp!) educational, too! We welcome your contributions! Today’s lesson, on how not to behave: Tingo— From the Pascuense language of Easter Island, it is the act of taking objects […]

Laurel Sutton

June 26, 2009

We love language, and this series features words from various languages around the world that capture universal, but complicated, human emotions or situations. It’s fun and (gasp!) educational, too! We welcome your contributions! Today’s lesson, useful worldwide: Prozvonit— In both the Czech and Slovak languages, this word means to call a mobile phone only to […]

Laurel Sutton

June 19, 2009

We love language, and this series features words from various languages around the world that capture universal, but complicated, human emotions or situations. It’s fun and (gasp!) educational, too! We welcome your contributions! Today’s lesson, something of a personality test: Ilunga (Bantu, Thsiluba, ee-LUN-ga, noun)—a person ready to forgive any abuse the first time, to […]

Laurel Sutton

June 12, 2009

We love language, and this series features words from various languages around the world that capture universal, but complicated, human emotions or situations. It’s fun and (gasp!) educational, too! We welcome your contributions! Today’s lesson, wishing you a happy Friday: Feierabend (German, fire-AH-bend, noun) — Festive frame of mind at the end of the working […]

Laurel Sutton

June 5, 2009

We love language, and this series features words from various languages around the world that capture universal, but complicated, human emotions or situations. It’s fun and (gasp!) educational, too! We welcome your contributions! Today’s lesson, perfect for pondering over late-morning coffee: Maya (Sanskrit, MAH-yah, noun)—the mistaken belief that a symbol is the same as the […]

Laurel Sutton

May 29, 2009

We love language, and this series features words from various languages around the world that capture universal, but complicated, human emotions or situations. It’s fun and (gasp!) educational, too! We welcome your contributions! Today’s lesson, which could be either a bug or a feature: Fachidiot (German, FAHCH-ee-dee-oat, noun) — Excessively narrow-minded technical expert. Source: They […]