Saturday, March 19, 2011

10 Loanwords To Enjoy

A loanword is a word borrowed directly from another language to express something which has no accuarate word in English. This is a list of the ten most common loanwords.

10. Ennui

From French. Boredom of the soul.

9. Schadenfreude

From German. Taking joy in the suffering of others.

8. Wanderlust

From German. A strong longing or desire towards wandering.

7. Sehnsucht

From German. A self-destructive or addictive yearning for a time, place or thing that one can’t explain.

6. Saudade

From Portuguese. A feeling of longing for something that one is fond of, which is gone, but might return in a distant future, although deep down you know it probably wont.

5. Doppelganger

From German. The ghostly double of a living person.

4. Weltschmerz

From German. The pathological suffering felt by one who has realised that physical reality can never truly satisfy the demands of the mind. A melancholy sense of anguish about the nature of being.

3. Zeitgeist

From German. Something that captures the spirit of the era.

2. Ad Hominem Pronunciation: add om-in-im


From Latin. Replying to an argument or factual claim by attacking the person who made it, and not what he said.

1. Déjà vu

From French. The sense of having already seen or hear something being experienced for the first time.

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