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Words without equivalents.

A friend of mine who no longer works with me sent a link to words that have no English equivalent.

One that isn’t in the very top but is my favorite:

Nervio:  A feeling of such intense affection that one trembles or grits his teeth with restraint so as not to harm the object of his affection.

I think this word is the perfect word to describe how you might feel when giving your kid a hug goodnight or when you are greeting them when they come home.  When my daughter isn’t being a rodent (and sometimes when she is, admittedly) this is a regular thing.

Things you feel about that intensely, those are the things you would die or kill for.

No, I’m not planning on dying or killing – there’s no hidden meaning here.

Anyone else got a word that they’d add?

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But, it’s for the children

President Obama told an audience in Ohio that poor ventilation systems that make students sick is a reason to pass his jobs plan, the “American Jobs Act.”

“Some of the schools, the ventilation is so poor it could make students sick,” Obama claimed.

“How do we expect our kids to do their very best in a situation like that? The answer is we can’t,” Obama said.

I don’t know just how disingenuous a person can be but this guy is plumbing depths.  Maybe duplicitous works here, too.

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Coining of Words

Through the course of today’s work, a word has emerged.

If it is not already  a word, I submit for your approval

dou·ché  (dyoo-shay’)

interj.

Used to acknowledge, to an asshole who may or may not be a total idiot, a successful criticism or an effective point in argument.
[derived from French, from past participle of toucher, to hit or wound in fencing, from Old French touchier & the noun douchebag]
Note:  h/t to co-workers Black Lab on Amphetamines and ByteGobbler on the word coinage
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While statements that use words like “may be as big” are horribly vague and nearly impossible to verify when used in a context/article like this, certainly a certain sentiment is captured.
In his new book, Scott Rasmussen says, “The gap between Americans who want to govern themselves and politicians who want to rule over them may be as big today as the gap between the colonies and England during the 18th century.”

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