Ilunga: There’s a Name For It


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 tolerate it a second time, but never a third time. Identified as the world’s most difficult word to translate!

Source: BBC News


Do your favorite pet names date from 10, 100, or 1000 years ago?
Who could resist the opportunity to weigh in on a new pasta shape name?